Record-Breaking Debut for Newest 'Fast and Furious' Sequel

Apr 19, 2017, 02:03

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 latest instalment, The Fate of the Furious, surpassed Star Wars: The Force Awakens to smash the record for global box office takings on its opening weekend, earning $US532.5 million ($701.5 million).

The film brought in $432.3 million from the worldwide markets, which beat out the $316.7 million brought in by 2015's Jurassic World. "Fate of the Furious" brought in an estimated $100 million in its debut weekend - coming in well behind "Furious 7" but in front of all other "Fast and Furious" films in the franchise.

The Force Awakens, meanwhile, wasn't released in China until January 9, 2016, roughly three weeks after it premiered in places like the USA and United Kingdom in 2015.

"This franchise is showing no sign of wear and tear", said Universal worldwide distribution chief Duncan Clark.

"The Fate of the Furious" is also now the no. 1 holder for the record of biggest global opening in movie history. The pic skewed male at 58 percent, far more than the last film at 51 percent.

"Each one of these films has its own momentum", said Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution.

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It was the No. 1 film everywhere, website reported.

The Fate of the Furious is now screening in cinemas and features Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Luke Evans. Furious 7 served as a memorial of sorts to Paul Walker, the franchise star whose 2013 death in a auto accident shattered his co-stars and many fans.

"This is truly a global franchise", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore, to Variety.

It is unclear how much the spat affected filming the movie, but it surely didn't affect box office numbers.

With the addition of "Fast 8", the franchise has earned an estimated $5.8 billion globally. In fact, Universal Pictures already announced that there will be a 9th and 10th installment in 2019 and 2021, so the success is not over yet.

"Beauty and the Beast", the latest Disney remake, landed in third with $13.6 million in its fifth week.

The animated Smurfs: The Lost Village from Sony was fourth with US$6.5 million (RM28.63 million).