Published: Wed, April 26, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

The Fate of the Furious breaks Star Wars' global record

According to the reports, the Furious 8 had the advantage of opening day-and-date in China, where it earned a huge $190 million, the biggest three-day bow in history.

Chinese audiences poured in for "Fast 8", however.

Meanwhile, "The Fate Of The Furious" is on track to shatter the opening-weekend box office record set by 'The Force Awakens' in 2015.

A scence in the movie: The Fate of the Furious. But The Force Awakens had a delayed debut in China, which was surely reflected in its opening potential.

The President of International Distribution at Universal Pictures Duncan Clark was quoted by CNBC as saying the new film has seen a strong reception in all markets. Either way, it is assured of scoring the top global launch of all time, surpassing fellow Universal title Jurassic World ($316.7 million).

Vin Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Jason Statham are a bunch of alpha males not accustomed to losing-whether it's in the gym or on the screen. CNN reported that the eighth film installment made $432.3 million overseas for its opening, taking over the previous title holder, the 2015 dinosaur film "Jurassic World" with $316 million. The story follows a villainous superhacker (Theron) who turns Diesel's character against his crew.

The Beauty and the Beast continued its solid run and entered the $1 billion mark, making it the 22nd film to achieve the feat. "There are factors from one film to the next that make them unique and certainly there were unique factors with Furious 7".

It was a sharp drop from the $147.2 million debut by "Furious 7" in 2015 but strong performance overseas meant it was able to smash the "Jurassic World" record global opening of $316.7, with a massive $432.3 million from 63 worldwide markets. I have doubts that the film will cross $100 million domestically. The film, that released on 14 April, was made on a budget of $250 million. However, an A Cinema Score from exit polls suggest that it will have sufficient staying power.

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