Record-breaking debut for newest 'Fast and Furious' flick

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"The Fate of the Furious" is tipped to edge past "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" based on its solid performance in 63 territories - China inclusive. In the USA and Canada, meanwhile, the movie opened to $100.2 million, a big number but substantially less than the $147 million debut of the last installment, "Furious 7", in 2015 and far behind "The Force Awakens'" record of $248 million.

Film critic Taran Adarsh shared the news with utmost humour, "While we rejoice over 100 cr, 200 cr, 300 cr, #Furious8 collects $ 188.85 million in its opng wknd in China". Although the official figures don't come out until Monday morning, "The Fate of the Furious" appears to be on track to best "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", which now holds the record at $529 million following its 2015 release.

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. "The Fate of the Furious" took in an estimated $100.2 million, an impressive result, but a steep drop off from "Furious 7's" $147.2 million kick-off. Walt Disney Co.'s DISN, -3.18% "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opened to $529 million in December and the "Fate" number may be adjusted slightly when final Sunday grosses are calculated. He died in a auto crash while the film was still in production.

The latest entry in "The Fast and the Furious" series is proving there's still plenty of fuel left in the franchise's tank, with "The Fate of the Furious" zooming to the top spot in the worldwide box office in its opening weekend - and, if the momentum continues, is likely to set a new record as the biggest worldwide debut of all time. With the addition of "Fast 8", the franchise has earned an estimated $4.4 billion globally. "It's still firing on all cylinders".

Back in the Top 10, Fox and DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby placed #2 with $15.5 million for a domestic take of $116.5-M and worldwide box office of $287.6-M. Despite the rising costs, the film remains on pace to top $1 billion worldwide, making more sequels a certainty.

Think about that for a moment: that's half a billion USA dollars, in a couple of days, for a film whose character names and narratives could hardly be counted alongside the likes of Darth Vader, Hogwarts, Krypton or Gotham City.

The animated "Smurfs: The Lost Village" from Sony was fourth with $6.5 million.

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