'The Fate of the Furious' speeds toward record global debut

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In the United States, according to the industry bible Box Office Mojo, the film generated $100.2 million in the first week of its release.

The Fate Of The Furious is the number one movie in America. Opening weekend figures for "The Force Awakens", however, do not include China because it didn't open in that country until three weeks after it premiered everywhere else.

The eighth instalment of the action franchise, also known as Fast and Furious 8 in some territories, was always expected to make big money during its opening over Easter weekend (14-16Apr17).

No other movie in history has ever taken in that much in an opening weekend.

Universal reported an even $190 million, and factoring out online ticketing surcharges, the total comes to a slightly less-hefty RMB 1.245 billion ($182.2 million), but no matter how you slice it, Furious 8's debut - almost double North America's and more than a third of its worldwide cume - solidifies The Fast and the Furious as China's premiere franchise.

The film is all set to break the record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that minted $529 million.

The "Fast and the Furious" is a global juggernaut for Universal Pictures, which plans two additional pictures.

"This franchise is showing no sign of wear and tear", said Duncan Clark, President of Distribution for Universal Pictures International. There was some controversy when star actor Yoon Je-moon attended a promotional interview for the movie and appeared to be hungover. Paramount's global flop has now earned RMB 185 million ($26.9 million) in a disappointing Chinese release. It'll be interesting to see whether The Fate of the Furious will be able to remain steady in weekdays or not. (Fox also celebrated Logan jumping the $600 million mark globally over the weekend.) Disney's Beauty and the Beast held at No. 3 with $13.5 million for a domestic total of $454.7 million domestically and $1.043 billion worldwide.

Smurfs: The Lost Village dropped over 50 percent and finished in fourth place with $6.5 million.

Furious 8 will run essentially unhindered until Disney/Marvel's The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 opens Friday, May 5.

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