The Fate of the Furious” is currently the most successful and highest grossing movie in the United States and South Africa. Deadline reports that the eighth installment in the famous film franchise, featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Charlize Theron, is ranked number one at the South American and African box office.

The film is expected to gross over $1.1 billion during its theoretical run. Producer-director Neal Moritz said in a statement to Deadline that “The Fate of the Furious 10” will be the last film in the series.

As of yesterday, “The Fate of the Furious” sits at $998 million; so the film is expected to break the records of previous blockbusters, including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of Galaxy Volume 2.” It also appears that “The Fate of the Furious” will sit second after the release of “The Mummy” this June.

Will it push past the $1 billion mark?

One of the major possibilities for the movie to push past the $1 billion mark is its tremendous success in all major markets, including the United States, China, Japan, South Africa, India, and South America. Plans for the eighth installment were announced in 2015 when Diesel made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” hinting at a possible sequel to the “Pirates” film. Its world premiere took place on April 4, 2017, in Berlin, and was released in the United States and Canada on April 14, 2017. The film has been played in 3D, IMAX 3D, DVD and 4DX formats.

Critical response and possible sequel

The Fate of the Furious” stars Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Chris 'Ludacris, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood, and Kurt Russell in supporting characters. The film has received mixed comments from critics, with some of them praising the star performances and action sequences.

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“The Fate of the Furious” grossed over $530 million worldwide in its opening weekend, and set records of the highest-grossing opening in Hollywood history, beating out “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which grossed $520 million in the opening weekend. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 64% based on 101 critics, while Metacritic assigns it a score of 57 out of 100 based on 49 reviews.

On CinemaScore, the viewers have given it an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale. Owen Gleiberman from Variety has called it the best film of the year, praising its visuals and star cast.

In contrast, David Ehrlich from IndieWire said that “The Fate of the Furious” was the worst film with a mess of conflicting styles and tones. J. R. Kinnard, a PopMatters reviewer, gave the film mixed comments. An untitled spin-off is scheduled for 2021, while “The Fate of the Furious 9” and “The Fate of the Furious 10” will hit a theater near you in 2019 and 2020, respectively.