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

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"The Fate of the Furious", starring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, also broke an global box office record previously held by "Jurassic World", bringing in a whopping $432.3 million overseas. "The Fate of the Furious" continues the franchise without Walker, adding in series newcomers such as Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. "Fate of the Furious is satisfying audiences on many different levels".

But it's the global total that everyone is looking at - if that number holds when the final numbers come in on Monday, Furious 8 will eclipse Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the BIGGEST WORLDWIDE OPENING EVER!

A ninth film in the franchise is planned for 2019. The film follows the crew as they grapple with Diesel's betrayal and alliance with a mysterious hacker (Theron).

The studio has not released an official production budget, but it is reported to be in the pricey $250 million range. The live-action Disney classic has now topped the $1 billion mark, making it the 22nd largest worldwide release of all time.

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"Beauty and the Beast" continued to draw viewers to North American theaters this weekend, earning $13.6 million in its fifth week.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" landed in third place with an estimated 13.6 million USA dollars. Globally, the fairy tale remake has soared past the $1 billion mark. If estimates hold, this is the third biggest April debut of all time in North America, according to record books kept by comScore's Paul Dergarabedian. The Zach Braff-directed comedic caper film - starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin as a trio planning a heist - earned an estimated $6.3 million, which in turn makes for an estimated $23 million domestic gross for the film.

Most studios steered clear of "The Fate of the Furious", but there were a few fearless newcomers opening in limited release.

The Lost City of Z did nicely for Amazon Studios (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Bleecker Street, opening to $112,633 from 4 theaters in NY and Los Angeles for a location average of $28,158.

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