‘Furiosa’ Launches With $3.5 Million at Thursday Box Office

The “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel is estimated to earn $40 million this Memorial Day weekend

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Anya Taylor-Joy in "Furiosa" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Warner Bros.’ “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” has started its engines at the box office, taking in $3.5 million from 3,400 locations during Thursday preview screenings.

That’s just slightly below the $3.7 million preview total that its predecessor, “Mad Max: Fury Road” earned in 2015 en route to a $45.4 million opening weekend. “Furiosa” is projected to earn a similar start in the low $40 million range over four days this Memorial Day weekend, with a global launch of $80-85 million.

With a reported budget of around $160 million before marketing, “Furiosa” will need significant legs to be able to turn a theatrical profit and will need to at least match the $372 million global total of “Fury Road.” Premiering at Cannes, reviews and social media buzz have been strong for the prequel with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 89%.

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