Record-breaking debut for newest 'Fast and Furious' flick


It also earned another $192.1 million in China - the biggest three-day debut for a Hollywood title in the country.

"The Fate Of The Furious" raced past the $100 million line to open in the box office winners circle this weekend. Reports have it that "The Fate of the Furious" managed to make $100.2 million in the USA for its opening which is $47 million short compared to the $147.2 million opening of its predecessor "Furious 7" that was released in 2015.

The Fate of the Furious has numerous returning stars like Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, but has added some new elements behind the camera in director F. Gary Gray and in front of the camera with Charlize Theron.

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

The eighth "Furious" franchise film, which an unforgiving critical eye might say is maybe a few classy vehicle chases ahead of a video game, stars Vin Diesel, The Rock, Ludacris and Charlize Theron. Combined, that puts The Fate of the Furious at $532.5 million at the global box office, surpassing the previous record of $529 million set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Check out the official trailer for Fate of the Furious, in theaters now, below.

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"The Furious franchise perfectly represents what that global audience is all about". The film crossed the US$1 billion mark in worldwide sales.

Chinese audiences poured in for "Fast 8", however. If that happens, a large part of the credit will to China, where "The Fate of the Furious" has already racked up a massive $135 million in its first two days of release.

Last weeks top film falls to number 2 this week as The Boss baby takes $52 million over the week and has now grossed $287 million in total globally. The Fate of the Furious debuted on April 14 worldwide and became the most successful movie opening in history.

The $100.2 million is slightly below analyst expectations for the film.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" landed in third place with an estimated US$13.6 million. The comedy about a trio of aging bank robbers stars Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and Michael Caine.