'Fast and the Furious' on road to record global debut

Weekend box office: The Fate of the Furious dominates as expected

In the first movie, there's less than $1 million damage. To date it's sold $532 million world-wide.

The Fate of the Furious easily outsped the competition in its box-office debut, and is on track to be the biggest global movie opening of all time even as its North American revenue missed estimates.

"I'm extrapolating, but based on the reviews and the buzz we're getting from theaters, I think we can eclipse that", said Duncan Clark, president of Universal Pictures International. More importantly, on top of its North American debut, the film premiered in over 60 global markets where it brought in a record $432.3 million, resulting in a record $532.5 million worldwide debut. Second place finisher, the Hong Kong comedy re-release A Chinese Odyssey Part 2: Cinderella, opened to just $12 million, as Fate of the Furious received over 75 percent of all showtimes and accounted for over 90 percent of China's total ticket revenue from Friday to Sunday.

Although it is lagging behind its predecessor Fast and Furious 7, yet its dominance over two third of box offices in America is very impressive.

He died in a auto crash in 2013 while the film was still in production.

More chapters are indeed due in the saga, which began in 2001, with the next episodes due for release in 2019 and 2021.

The "Fast and the Furious" is a global juggernaut for Universal Pictures.

"This is an astonishing feat for a decade and a half old franchise that launched as a marginalized auto culture movie with no stars and no imaginings of a long-term franchise future", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. "It's still firing on all cylinders". The film is all set to break the record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that minted $529 million.

Yoon, who was caught driving under the influence of alcohol for the third time previous year, had to leave the interview in the middle.

Final numbers will come in Monday, and they could fluctuate. Despite the rising costs, the film remains on pace to top $1 billion worldwide, making more sequels a certainty.

Looks like we know the fate of the Furious.

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.

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

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