Record-breaking debut for newest 'Fast and Furious' flick

Weekend box office: The Fate of the Furious dominates as expected

"The Fate of the Furious" smashes global box office records

Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuell, Vin Diesel and Ludacris attend "The Fate Of The Furious" New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall, April 8, 2017.

Its not 100 or 200 or 300 crore, "Furious 8" has earned 188.85 million dollars in its very opening weekend in China! The Fast and Furious movies have collectively grossed more than $3.9-B globally.

Curiously, the stunning global debut for the film seems to come at a time when its domestic USA popularity has waned.

"The Fate of the Furious", starring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, also broke an worldwide box office record previously held by "Jurassic World", bringing in a whopping $432.3 million overseas. "The Fate of the Furious" took in an estimated $100.2 million, an impressive result, but a steep drop off from "Furious 7's" $147.2 million kick-off. With North American sales added in, the estimated $532.5 million global debut would break the record of $529 million held by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", website BoxOfficeMojo.com reported.

The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, is off to a record-breaking start. He died in a vehicle crash while the film was still in production. The movie has also helped push the franchise to a grand total of $4.42 billion and could easily put it over the $5 billion mark by the time it finishes its run at the box office. Despite the rising costs, the film remains on pace to top $1 billion worldwide, making more sequels a certainty.

"The Boss Baby" took second place with an estimated $15.5 million, followed by Disney's "Beauty and the Beast", with $13.6 million.

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

Final numbers have yet to be released, but based on earlier estimates, the action-thriller is poised to set a new worldwide high-water mark.

Rounding out the top five: "Smurfs: The Lost Village" at #4 with $6.5 million, and "Going in Style" with $6.4 million, taking fifth place.

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