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Here's a fun piece of trivia: made more money than the nine other movies behind it in the weekend box office Top 10.

Or how about this one: based on current estimates, 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 , which opened in 2015 with $529 million.

In the United States, Universal's latest physics-mocking installment in a series about fast cars and comes to an estimated $100.2 million. Assuming that number holds, it's enough for the second-biggest opening in franchise history.

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'Fate of the Furious' just toppled a major 'Star Wars' box office record


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Here's a fun piece of trivia: made more money than the nine other movies behind it in the weekend box office Top 10.

Or how about this one: based on current estimates, 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 , which opened in 2015 with $529 million.

In the United States, Universal's latest physics-mocking installment in a series about fast cars and comes to an estimated $100.2 million. Assuming that number holds, it's enough for the second-biggest opening in franchise history.

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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.
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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 .
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