Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

'Fate of the Furious' on road to record global debut

Fate of the Furious once again stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell.

The Fast And The Furious is a global juggernaut for Universal Pictures. The film is all set to break the record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that minted $529 million.

The eighth installment in the "Fast and the Furious" is on the path to becoming the biggest worldwide debut of all time, besting both "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Jurassic World".

In three days of release, The Fate of the Furious became the highest-grossing Hollywood film of 2017, toppling several all-time box office records, and cementing the series' unrivaled popularity in China.

The action thriller debuted with $432.3 million internationally after bowing in 63 foreign markets; and a solid $100.2-million in North America. The film follows the crew as they grapple with Diesel's betrayal and alliance with a mysterious hacker (Theron).

Meanwhile, the opening night of "The Fate of the Furious" is now at $10.4 million at 3,310 theaters as of Thursday night according to Universal, Deadline reported. That Fox/DreamWorks Animation film has now grossed $116.3 million domestically.

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Fate of the Furious certainly spooked the competition; no other film opened against in nationwide.

The film easily overtook The Boss Baby, which held the top spot in the box office for the last two weekends. Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street debuted "The Lost City of Z" in four theaters where it picked up $112,633.

The China opening alone brought in a record $190 million followed by $17.8 million from Mexico and $17 million from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The film seems to be following the trajectory of similarly aimed The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which also earned a B+ on CinemaScore and eventually pulled in a domestic total gross of $33 million.

Disney's "Beauty And The Beast" crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide sales in its fifth week of domestic exhibition.

New Line's "Going in Style" rounded out the top five, earning $6.3 million.

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