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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Budget, Cast, Worldwide Collection, Review, Storyline, Hit or Flop, Release Date

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Furosa: A Mad Max Saga is a 2024 Australian action movie set in a post-apocalyptic world. Directed and produced by George Miller, the film is the fifth installment in the Mad Max series and serves as both a prequel and spin-off to Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Anya Taylor-Joy and Ella Brown play younger versions of the main character, Furiosa, originally played by Charlize Theron. The film also stars Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke.

This story takes place 15 to 20 years before the events of Fury Road. It is set in a harsh Australian desert where combatants battle for the last remaining resources such as water, food, weapons and gasoline. The film follows Furiosa’s life from where she is kidnapped by the warlock Dementus, played by Hemsworth, on a quest for revenge following the loss of her mother. For years, he survives as a slave and eventually becomes a trusted lieutenant of the Citadel’s leader, Immortan Joe, played by Lachie Hulme. Tom Burke plays Joe’s military commander, Praetorian Jack.

Miller originally planned to shoot Furiosa immediately after Fury Road, but development issues and salary negotiations with Warner Bros. Pictures delayed the project. Despite this delay, some of the main crew members of Fury Road returned to Furosa. They included composer Tom Holkenborg, costume designer Jenny Beavan, editor Margaret Sixel (who is also Miller’s wife), and screenwriter Nico Latoris. Filming took place from June to October 2022 in Australia.

Furiosa aims to tell a detailed story of how the main character evolves from a captured girl to a powerful warrior. With intense action scenes, deep character development and a unique look at the Mad Max world, Furosa: A Mad Max Saga promises to be an exciting addition to the series.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Brief Overview

Directed byGeorge Miller
Written byGeorge Miller, Nico Lathouris
Based onCharacters by George Miller, Byron Kennedy, Nico Lathouris
Produced byDoug Mitchell, George Miller
StarringAnya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, Alyla Browne
CinematographySimon Duggan
Edited byEliot Knapman, Margaret Sixel
Music byTom Holkenborg
Production companiesKennedy Miller Mitchell, Domain Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release dates15 May 2024 (Cannes), 23 May 2024 (Australia), 24 May 2024 (United States)
Running time148 minutes
CountriesAustralia, United States
Budget$168 million
Box office$168.2 million

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Starring Cast & Crew

Anya Taylor-JoyFuriosa
Alyla BrowneFuriosa (as a child and teenager)
Charlize TheronOlder Furiosa (archive footage from Mad Max: Fury Road)
Chris HemsworthDementus, deranged warlord leader of the Biker Horde, eventual ruler of Gastown
Tom BurkePraetorian Jack, commander of the Citadel’s first War Rig
Lachy HulmeImmortan Joe, warlord leader of the Citadel, enemy of the Biker Horde (also portrays Rizzdale Pell)
Hugh Keays-ByrneImmortan Joe (archive footage from Mad Max: Fury Road)
George ShevtsovThe History Man, the film’s narrator, expert in pre-apocalyptic history, science, and technology
John HowardThe People Eater, Joe’s advisor and military strategist
Angus SampsonThe Organic Mechanic, personal physician of Dementus and later Joe
Nathan JonesRictus Erectus, Joe’s muscular but dim-witted son
Josh HelmanScrotus, Joe’s psychologically unstable son
Charlee FraserMary Jabassa, Furiosa’s mother
Dylan AdonisValkyrie, Furiosa’s childhood friend
Elsa PatakyMr. Norton, a deformed survivor who joins the Biker Horde (also portrays a Vuvalini General)
Goran D. KleutThe Octoboss, leader of the Mortiflyers biker gang
David CollinsSmeg, Dementus’s henchman, dance proclaimer, and messenger
MatuseFang, Dementus’s henchman
Clarence RyanBlack Thumb, Praetorian Jack’s mechanic on the War Rig
Bryan ProbetsChumbucket, a hunchbacked auto mechanic at the Citadel
Quaden BaylesWar Pup
Lee PerryThe Bullet Farmer, ruler of the Bullet Farm, Citadel’s arms supplier (archive footage used)
Daniel WebberWar Boy
Jacob TomuriMax Rockatansky (archive footage of Tom Hardy as Max used during end credits)
Nicholas HoultNux (archive footage from Mad Max: Fury Road used during end credits)
Rosie Huntington-WhiteleyThe Splendid Angharad (archive footage from Mad Max: Fury Road used during end credits)
Zoë KravitzToast the Knowing (archive footage from Mad Max: Fury Road used during end credits)
Riley KeoughCapable (archive footage from Mad Max: Fury Road used during end credits)
Abbey LeeThe Dag (archive footage from Mad Max: Fury Road used during end credits)
Courtney EatonCheedo the Fragile (archive footage from Mad Max: Fury Road used during end credits)

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Box Office Collection Performance

Release Date25 June 2024
United States & Canada Gross$66.2 million
International Gross$102 million
Worldwide Total Gross$168.2 million
Expected Gross for Profit$350–375 million
Estimated Loss$75–95 million
Budget Covered by GovernmentUp to 50%
Opening Weekend (US)$32.3 million (projected $40 million)
First Friday Gross (US)$10.4 million (includes $3.5 million from Thursday previews)
Second Weekend (US)$10.8 million (59% drop)
Third Weekend (US)61% drop from previous weekend
Memorial Day Weekend Performance (US)Lowest total box-office receipts since 1995, lowest-grossing film to finish first over Memorial Day since 1995
Opening Weekend (International)$33.3 million (projected $40–45 million)
Second Weekend (International)$21 million (38% drop)
Australia OpeningAUD$3.33 million
Japan OpeningFirst non-Japanese film of 2024 to debut at number one
China Opening$3.58 million first weekend, expected to finish with about $7.5 million

Key Points

  • The film’s performance in the domestic and international markets was considered disappointing.
  • Analysts had higher expectations for the opening weekend, projecting $40 million domestically.
  • The film struggled to maintain its box office momentum, dropping significantly in the following weekend.
  • Internationally, the film did slightly better but still fell short of expectations.
  • A significant portion of the film’s budget was subsidized by the New South Wales and Australian federal governments.

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