'Fate of the Furious' races to $100.2 million opening


25 April, 2017

That total beats the global record held by Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", which made $529 million worldwide its opening weekend in 2015.

Apart from India, the film has created many box office records across the globe, especially in China where it collected $190 million.

The eighth installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise is on pace to set a box office record in its opening weekend, though it isn't getting much help from the US market. "The Fate of the Furious" opened to $100.2 million in North America, a sharp drop from "Furious 7's" $147.2 million kick-offs", Variety added.

But Universal is not about to apply the brakes: additional Furious chapters are planned for release in 2019 and 2021.

In the Philippines, the Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson blockbuster opened at No.1 with a two-day weekend gross of P110-million.

The eighth instalment in the Fast and the Furious franchise has seen the biggest worldwide debut of all time, besting both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World to reel in $700 million on its opening weekend.

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Charlize Theron and Vin Diesel in The Fate of the Furious. Audiences agreed, handing "The Fate of the Furious" an A CinemaScore. That Fox/DreamWorks Animation film has now grossed $116.3 million domestically. There, the previous week's No.1 performer The Boss Baby generated $15,540,000 through the week - not bad, but still in the halfpenny place beside Fast and Furious.

Despite the drop of almost a third on the seventh film, the USA performance of The Fate of the Furious is still pretty impressive - it accounted for almost two-thirds of all United States box office takings over the weekend.

Holding fifth spot on North American screens was "Going in Style".

The studio has not released an official production budget, but it is reported to be in the pricey $329 million range.

The animated Smurfs: The Lost Village from Sony was fourth with US$6.5 million (RM28.63 million). The comedy about a trio of aging bank robbers stars Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and Michael Caine.

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