'Fate of the Furious' races to biggest global box office opening ever


Just when you thought the Fast and the Furious franchise couldn't get any bigger.it has.

Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that "The Fate of the Furious" would earn a record $532.5 million worldwide over the holiday weekend, thanks to a particularly robust showing in 63 territories, including China.

But it's the global total that everyone is looking at - if that number holds when the final numbers come in on Monday, Furious 8 will eclipse Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the BIGGEST WORLDWIDE OPENING EVER!

In China, where the franchise has a huge fan base, "The Fate" fetched the highest ever three-day opening weekend, grossing 1.3 billion yuan ($190 million), nearly double the size of North America opening, according to Universal.

Furious 7 opened with $147.2m (£117.3m) in the U.S. when it was released in 2015 - but the latest instalment of the series debuted with $100.2m (£80m). It\u0027s domestic total now stands at $107.3 million, with a whopping $500 million in additional earnings, overseas. The recently released film of the hit franchise did not release on E-digital theatres like the last one.

Fate of the Furious is marked by success based on this weekend's turnout in the box office.

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

Vin Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Jason Statham are a bunch of alpha males not accustomed to losing-whether it's in the gym or on the screen.

Fourth place went to Sony's "Smurfs: The Lost Village" which added just $6.7 million to its disappointing $13.2 million opening weekend, described by the Hollywood Reporter as "one of the worst starts in recent memory for an animated offering from a major Hollywood studio".

"The "Furious" franchise perfectly represents what that global audience is all about".

Before "The Fate of the Furious" was released, the series had already generated $3.9 billion globally, according to Box Office Mojo. Fast & Furious 7 made $397.7 million in its opening weekend.