'Fate of the Furious' To Set Global Debut Record (CMCSA)


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

The eighth film in the popular "Fast and Furious" franchise raced to an estimated $532.5 million box office opening around the world this weekend, according to its studio Universal Pictures. Though a $100 million opening is still an astounding figure, it wasn't the highest domestic opening weekend in the franchise's history. Forbes reports the film also broke records in 17 other countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Middle East, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, U.A.E., Venezuela and Vietnam.

The top ten list of biggest opening weekends also includes Fate of the Furious predecessor Furious 7, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, both Avengers movies and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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The Hollywood film that is helmed with the name of one of the world's most successful movie franchises, Fast & Furious, opening with 11.25 crores on Friday and crossed 26 crore mark easily with paid previews too. And either way, it is assured of boasting the top global launch of all time, surpassing fellow Universal title Jurassic World ($316.7 million). The film is constantly being compared to Furious 7 and reviews indicates that the film failed to beat the previous instalment.

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The Fate of the Furious was the only new release of the weekend.

Fast and Furious movies have collectively grossed more than $3.9 billion globally.

Long heralded for its diverse cast, Furious 8 played to audiences of all ethnicities and nabbed an A CinemaScore. They're poised perfectly for installments 9 and 10 to do very well. It'll be interesting to see whether The Fate of the Furious will be able to remain steady in weekdays or not.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore.