On the heels of 2015's Fast & Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: Fast & Furious 8.
Directed by F. Gary Gray, the film also features Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson and hip-hop star Ludacris. The monstrous global debut drove the film to a $532.5 million three-day worldwide opening, the biggest ever, surpassing the $529 million record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The film brought in $100.2 million domestically and also made headlines for its global and worldwide performance. F7 went on to gross RMB 2.426 billion ($391 million), and remains China's highest-grossing Hollywood film of all-time, but the new installment's historic opening bodes well for a run challenging RMB 3 billion ($435 million).
The film is all set to break the record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that minted $529 million. Here, the previous record holder was "Jurassic World" with $316.7 million collection at the opening day.
Yet, the 100.2 million haul is still the second highest first-weekend domestic gross of the eight films in the series.
In Mexico, the movie earned $17.8 million while grossing $17 million in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The 8th installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise has raked in approximately 11.50 crores on Sunday and now stands with a grand total of 47.50 crores.
"This franchise is showing no sign of wear and tear", said Duncan Clark, President of Distribution for Universal Pictures International.
"It is a franchise that has adapted and changed over the years and is as relevant in 2017 as it was in 2001", noted Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for comScore. In its first weekend, the film managed to collect 47.5 crores at the box office.