"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.
Despite the mind-boggling worldwide numbers, "The Fate of the Furious" didn't manage to top the domestic opening-weekend gross of its predecessor, "Furious 7", which raked in $142 mil at the North American box office during its opening weekend in 2015.
They are fast and furious not only on screens, but also at the Box Office.
The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the Furious franchise, has smashed the world record for global box office takings on its opening weekend, pulling in a breathtaking US$532.5 million (NZ$757.68m).
Watch a film clip from "The Fate of the Furious", starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Dwayne Johnson.
"Furious 7" had a groundswell of additional interest due to the death of actor Paul Walker, who played cop turned street racer Brian O'Conner, a lead character in six of the films. It is expected to pass the previous record of $529 million set by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". He died in a auto crash while the film was still in production. They're poised perfectly for installments 9 and 10 to do very well. That number is definitely in reach for The Fate of the Furious at this point.
Fox and DreamWorks Animation's "The Boss Baby" was a distant second place, bringing in $15.5 million to push the family film's domestic gross to $116.3 million. Despite the rising costs, the film remains on pace to top $1 billion worldwide, making more sequels a certainty.
Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style close out the top five, respectively.
The summer movie season really kicks into high gear in a few weeks when "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" goes into orbit on May 5.
Think about that for a moment: that's half a billion United States 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. Where available, the latest worldwide numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.
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