Latest "Furious" film opens strongly, especially overseas

Apr 18, 2017, 02:14

Now "Fast and Furious" has set a new box-office record around the world at the same time it is losing speed in its home country. Audiences agreed, handing "The Fate of the Furious" an A CinemaScore.

The latest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise was expected to open to big numbers-and it delivered. The film is all set to break the record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that minted $529 million. Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated "The Fate of the Furious" would earn a record $532.5 million worldwide over the Easter and Passover holiday weekend, thanks to a particularly robust showing in 63 markets including China.

While the latest "Fast" opened strongly, the manic muscle-car-filled film - with megastars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - made almost a third less in its first weekend than the previous "Fast and Furious" chapter, which scored $147.2 million.

The movie took in $100.2 million in North America while it grossed $432.3 million at the global box office.

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The cast for Fast 8 includes Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and, Helen Mirren.

Fast and Furious movies have collectively grossed more than $3.9 billion globally. New Line and Village Roadshow's Going in Style has grossed nearly as much as Smurfs, earning $6.4 million in is second outing for a domestic total of $23.4 million. They're poised perfectly for installments 9 and 10 to do very well.

This is Gray's second box office darling in a row; his last film, Straight Outta Compton, grossed over $200 million worldwide. Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" nabbed third, taking in $13.6 million to push its stateside haul to a mighty $454.7 million.

Sony's Smurfs: The Lost Village continued to get lost, falling a steep 51 percent in its second weekend to $6.5 million for a domestic total of $24.7 million.