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.