'The Fate of the Furious' races to record opening

Fate of the Furious on track for biggest global opening ever

The film broke the record for biggest global weekend ever, with $432.3 million. This is Gray's second box office darling in a row; his last film, Straight Outta Compton, grossed over $200 million worldwide. The movie has so far sold 1.43 million seats since it was released here on Wednesday. The film benefited from opening in China in its first weekend, while "The Force Awakens" didn't premiere in that country until a month after its first global release, said Paul Dergarabedian, a media analyst at ComScore.

If the figures hold, it will just inch past the previous record holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", which launched to $529 million in December of 2015 without China.

Beauty earned another US$13.7 million to bring its five-week domestic take to US$454.7 million but, as with The Fate of the Furious, the Disney fairytale starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens is doing its biggest business overseas.

The Fast and Furious movies have collectively grossed more than $3.9-B globally.

The eighth film in the "Fast and Furious" franchise revved up and hit the gas with a debut weekend of US$100.2 million in North America and US$432.2 million overseas. The Fate of the Furious was released in 60 markets and generated an estimated $17 million in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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

"The Boss Baby" was second this weekend with $16 million in sales between Friday and the close of business Sunday.

Most films in the franchise have reached domestic totals around 240% of their opening weekend. 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.

On the basis of U.S. box office alone, it falls to a stunning 42nd place on the same list, behind, well, everything: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, a bunch of Marvel movies, Iron Man, some of the Harry Potter films, The Hunger Games, Deadpool, Finding Dory and, more recently, even Beauty and the Beast.

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