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Furiosa Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score Breaks Major Franchise Record

Summary

  • Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
    has an audience score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • This makes it the highest-rated movie of the franchise among Rotten Tomatoes users.
  • This kind of reaction could help the movie overcome a lukewarm opening weekend.



Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga has broken a Rotten Tomatoes record for the franchise. The movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy as a younger version of the now-iconic Imperator Furiosa, who was previously played by Charlize Theron. Her co-stars in the movie, which was helmed by returning director George Miller, include Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, and Lachy Hulme. The Furiosa release comes nine years after the previous installment in the franchise, which was 2015’s Oscar-winning Fury Road, to which it is a prequel.

Now that Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga has hit theaters, audiences have been allowed to share their ratings for the movie on Rotten Tomatoes. The review aggregator service has calculated that the movie has an audience score of 93%, which gives it the highest audience score of the entire Mad Max franchise. That number, which is subject to change, comes from verified viewers only, but the unverified score of 89% is still the best audience score of the five movies.



Could Furiosa’s Audience Score Help It Overcome A Lukewarm Debut?

Furiosa’s Opening Weekend Box Office Fell Short Of Expectations

This Rotten Tomatoes audience score tells an entirely different story from the Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga box office. At the time of writing, the movie is expected to fall significantly short of its original $40 million opening weekend projections, reaching no higher than $35 million and potentially being outgrossed by The Garfield Movie. However, while fewer audiences saw the movie than expected, those that did have been rating it highly, which could signal a sea change for the movie in the coming weeks.


Mad Max: Fury Road also had a mild opening, grossing $45.4 million against its estimated budget of roughly $150 million. However, it legged out to a total of $379.4 million worldwide, going on to win six Oscars. Considering the fact that the prequel is directly linked to that installment and has an even better audience score, word of mouth could help boost the movie to a similar box office total by the end of its run. This could also be boosted by the A-list leads from the Furiosa cast continuing to promote the movie throughout its run.

The Rotten Tomatoes Scores of the Mad Max Franchise

Title

RT Critic Score

RT Audience Score

Mad Max (1979)

90%

70%

The Road Warrior (1981)

93%

86%

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

79%

49%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

97%

86%

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)

89%

93%


Ultimately, it remains to be seen how Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga performs worldwide, and if it maintains its Rotten Tomatoes audience score record. However, debuting with such positive results shows that the movie is connecting with audiences. It also indicates that the movie isn’t suffering critically from not centering Max Rockatansky, the protagonist of all four previous installments in the franchise. This could help the movie as well as the franchise in the long run if these early reactions galvanize viewers who were on the fence about the prequel.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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