'Fast and the Furious' on road to record global debut
Universal's latest addition to "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, "The Fate of the Furious", is what audiences worldwide want to see as the film's weekend debut is projected to be the biggest global opening of all time. This is also the all-time biggest global weekend by a large margin, beating the previous record holder Jurassic World ($316.7 million).
In North America the film has collected $100.2 million from a record number of 4310 theatres and this is the second best after "Fast and the Furious 7" with $147 million.
"This franchise is showing no sign of wear and tear", said Duncan Clark, Universal International Distribution Chief.
Fast & Furious 8 also known as The Fate of the Furious has grossed $532.5m (N162,792,000,000) at the global box office.
The movie has severely under-performed stateside, surpassing the $100-million mark by just $200,000, despite experts predicting it would blow past that.
Collider believes that The Fate of the Furious is going to remain in the No. 1 spot for a couple of weeks, but that is until Disney issues its next release. Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and Kurt Russell help to round out the cast, with "Straight Outta Compton" director F. Gary Gray sliding behind the camera, Variety said.
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Beauty earned another US$13.7 million to bring its five-week domestic take to US$454.7 million but, as with Fast 8, the Disney fairy tale starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens is doing its biggest business overseas.
The ninth and tenth instalments of "Furious" are planned for release in 2019 and 2021.
"It is a franchise that has adapted and changed over the years and is as relevant in 2017 as it was in 2001", noted Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for comScore.
Twentieth Century Fox's animated "The Boss Baby" returned in second place with $15.5 million, missing a forecast of $15.8 million, according to BoxOfficePro.com.
The animated Smurfs: The Lost Village from Sony was fourth with US$6.5 million (RM28.63 million).
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