'Fate of the Furious' Debuts to Hefty $100.2 Million


Fast 8's opening box office haul breaks the previous record held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. CNN reported that the eighth film installment made $432.3 million overseas for its opening, taking over the previous title holder, the 2015 dinosaur film "Jurassic World" with $316 million.

Universal Pictures' eighth chapter in the pulpy carracing franchise, which stars Vin Diesel, was released in 63 countries last weekend, including China and Russian Federation, bringing its worldwide total to an estimated US$532.5 million (S$742 million). According to the reports, the Furious 8 had the advantage of opening day-and-date in China, where it earned a huge $190 million, the biggest three-day bow in history.

It was a insane weekend that Hollywood car-racing blockbuster "The Fate of the Furious" broke a series of records and raised a new stunning box office level.

The Force Awakens broke the record for biggest global weekend ever in December 2015, with $569.4 million (without China).

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It was estimated by Universal to be on track for $100.2 million this weekend.

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 USA market.

The Fate of the Furious has raced to the top of the box office chart - breaking an global record in the process.

A remarkable debut performance in the increasingly important Chinese market clinched the deal for the franchise that stars Vin Diesel.

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The latest Fast & Furious trailer feature's music from New Zealand's own Savage.

DreamWorks Animation and Fox's "The Boss Baby" was a distant second place, bringing in an estimated US$15.5 million to push its gross to US$116.3 million in North America. The film's $432 million worldwide debut is also a record, representing four times the amount it made in North America.

Latest developments have confirmed that Fast and Furious 9 is already being planned for 2019 and a 10th instalment is set for a 2021 release.

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