Good news for Mad Max: Fury Road fans! A sequel will likely happen as the movie continues to do well in it's third weekend of release. Warner Bros. is certainly impressed with it's box office take. The studio reports today that the George Miller directed movie has crossed the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office.
George Miller created the franchise, having directed all three previous installments which include 1980's Mad Max, 1982's Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and 1985's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which was the final sequel to star Mel Gibson. The new movie stars Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky and introduces Charlize Theron as Furiosa. The film is looking to pull in another $8 million domestically this weekend, which will push its stateside take to over $130. It has made $177 internationally. The film still hasn't opened in Japan, where it is expected to do well. That happens later this month. Warners' President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman, said:
"'Mad Max: Fury Road' has proven to be a hit with followers of the original films while also creating a new generation of fans. Congratulations to George Miller, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and everyone else involved in the film on this ongoing success."
The studio's President of International Distribution, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, added:
"Word of mouth remains strong worldwide as the film continues to gain both first time and repeat viewers. Together with our partners at Village Roadshow Pictures, we are thrilled by the response of critics and audiences, who have made 'Mad Max: Fury Road' one of the most acclaimed and talked-about films of the year."
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows. We'll have the full box office report for you tomorrow.