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'Fate of the Furious' races to biggest global box office opening ever

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What's the fate of the "Furious"? Possibly the biggest global opening in movie history.
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'Fate of the Furious' has the biggest global box-office opening ever with $532.5 million
The latest movie in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, "The Fate of the Furious," did not disappoint at the global box office as the eighth installment took in an estimated global haul of $532.5 million, according to numerous reports.
That surpasses "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ( $528.9 million) for the all-time best global opening weekend.
It's also the best for its studio, Universal, beating the $525.5 million that "Jurassic World" earned in 2015.
The movie also took in $432.3 million at the international box office.
That figure blows away the previous overseas record holder, "Jurassic World" with $316.6 million . It was an incredible weekend in China, with "Furious 8" taking in a record-breaking $63.9 million opening day. It went on to make $190 million in the country over the weekend — the biggest opening ever for a Hollywood movie there.
Where Universal underperformed, surprisingly, was in North America, where the movie took in only $100.2 million .
Never expected to take on the enormous $147.1 million opening weekend that 2015's "Furious 7" did, with mixed reviews from critics, "Fate of the Furious" barely crossed the $100 million mark. The culprit is Saturday sales, which dipped a steep 32% from its Friday take of $45.8 million (including Thursday previews ).
But it's hard for Universal executives to get too caught up about that, especially in the current era of the business where international box office is arguably more important for studios than US coin.
Also helping the film's big weekend is being released on 1,079 IMAX screens worldwide, the widest opening ever for a single film in IMAX history. The finally tally was $31.1 million globally on IMAX screens alone, a record for April.
Don't be surprised if you hear soon the studio announce a ninth film in the franchise (or Vin Diesel make it public to his Facebook fans).
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Or how about this one: based on current estimates, The Fate of the Furious is the owner of the biggest worldwide box office opening of all time, with $532.5 million. It comes in just ahead of previous record-holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened in 2015 with $529 million.
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'Fate of the Furious' Debuts to Hefty $100.2 Million
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Fate of the Furious" is roaring to a record-setting global debut over the weekend even as domestic audiences showed less enthusiasm for the latest installment in Universal's long-running "Fast and Furious" series.
128 d ago
With China’s help, Fate of the Furious breaks Star Wars’ opening weekend record
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'Fate of the Furious' Zooms to Top
The latest installment of Universal Pictures’ action-adventure ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise opened to an estimated $532.5 million around the world this weekend.
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128 d ago
'Fate of the Furious' on pace for record global opening weekend
The eighth installment in the "Fast and the Furious" is on the path to becoming the biggest worldwide debut of all time, besting both "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Jurassic World."
128 d ago
Fate Of The Furious Passes The Force Awakens To Set New Opening-Weekend Record
The latest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise was expected to open to big numbers --and it delivered. The eighth movie in the series brought in $532.5 million at the worldwide box office this weekend, passing Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million) to set an all-time opening-weekend high. Entertainment Weekly supplied the numbers and has a breakdown of this weekend's results.
What might have helped The Fate of the Furious is that it opened in major movie markets such as China and Russia alongside the US and UK . Furious 7 opened in China and Russia after the initial release.
Globally, The Fate of the Furious is pacing ahead of the last movie, Furious 7, but the same can't be said for its performance in the US. Furious 7 made $147 million in the US for its opening weekend in 2015, which is far better than the $100.2 million that The Fate of the Furious made domestically this weekend.
This downturn was expected .
The Fate of the Furious was rumored to have a production budget of $250 million , so making more than twice that in one weekend alone seems like a strong start. For more on the movie, you can check out GameSpot's review and what other critics are saying .
Directed by Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray, the movie stars Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Helen Mirren, and Kurt Russell.
Elsewhere at the box office, The Boss Baby brought in a further $15.5 million, helping it cross $100 million in the US alone. Disney's Beauty and the Beast continues to make money, bringing in $13.6 million, while Smurfs: The Lost Village ($6.5 milllion) and Going in Style ($6.3 million) round out the top five.
The full April 14-16 US box office estimates can be seen below, as compiled by EW .
The Fate of the Furious – $100.2 millionThe Boss Baby – $ 15.5 million Beauty and the Beast – $13.6 million Smurfs: The Lost Village – $6.5 million Going In Style – $6.3 million Gifted – $3 million Get Out – $2.9 million Power Rangers – $2.8 million The Case For Christ – $ 2.7 millionKong: Skull Island – $2.6 million
Business Insider
127 d ago
How 'The Fate of the Furious' earned the biggest opening weekend at the box office ever
Slowly but surely China is becoming one of the largest box office nations in the world. This means they have the power to make movies hits. They've now done exactly that for The Fate of the Furious. The movie is believed to have had the largest global opening weekend in the history of film, but a large part of the reason for that is that the film had the biggest opening ever for a Hollywood movie in China, bringing in $190 million over the film's opening three days.
It was a foregone conclusion going into the weekend that China seems to love Vin Diesel generally and the Fast and Furious films specifically. The previous record holder for a Hollywood movie in China was the previous film in this franchise, Furious 7, so the expectations for China were high. Still, as The Hollywood Reporter  points out, this was the first film to be released without series mainstay Paul Walker and so there was always the possibility that it might not be embraced in the same way the previous iterations had been. Apparently, there was nothing to worry about as The Fate of the Furious now holds the record for a Hollywood opening and is in the number two spot for all-time Chinese movie openings.
The Chinese opening, however, in start contrast to that of the American opening. While The Fate of the Furious still broke the $100 million mark and won the weekend, that number was down significantly from the $147 million that that Furious 7 did in its opening.
There does seem to be some sort of pattern emerging. What's unclear is if western audiences have decided they just don't love Vin Diesel as much or if Chinese audiences just really love Vin Diesel. The Fate of the Furious numbers seem to mirror those of XxX: Return of Xander Cage , which only did reasonably well in the North America but was a big hit in China as well.
Still, all the numbers add up to something pretty impressive. The Fate of the Furiousappears to have seen a $530 million global opening weekend which, if the projections hold, will make it the largest global opening of all time, putting it ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The fact that the Fast and Furious films are bigger in China than Star Wars , and by a large margin, shows just how big this franchise truly is.
This is simply another example of how the movie business has become a global one and North America is simply one part of a massive industry. While it used to be that all movies made in Hollywood were designed with western audiences in mind, there's little question that when Fast and Furious 9 and 10 are made over the next few years, what plays well in China will be part of the conversation.
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