'Fast and the Furious' on road to record global debut

Furious 8 will eclipse Star Wars: The Force Awakens at $529-M to boast the biggest worldwide opening of all-time, thus posting the top global launch of all-time, surpassing Jurassic World at $316.7-M.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The eighth installment in the "Fast and the Furious" is on the path to becoming the biggest worldwide debut of all time, besting both "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Jurassic World". Fast and Furious 8, or how it is known as in worldwide markets, The Fate of the Furious, stars Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren and Kurt Russell.

Universal/Comcast Corp. released Fate of the Furious into 63 markets this weekend, making up most of the world.

Directed by Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray, the movie stars Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Helen Mirren, and Kurt Russell. The Force Awakens, on the other hand, opened in most countries on December 17/18, 2015, but didn't have wide release in China until January 9, 2016.

Before The Fate of the Furious was released, the series had already generated $3.9 billion globally, according to Box Office Mojo.

Saturday's worldwide gross is $127.3 million.

All tires spinning and burning rubber, The Fate Of The Furious took the box office at home and around the world by storm this weekend. Yes, The Dark Knight Rises outpaced The Dark Knight even after the death of Heath Ledger (it was more like a tie, at $158/$160 million opening weekends), but The Dark Knight Rises was closing out Chris Nolan's trifecta of Batman films, and that carried its own weight. "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. The film scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences which were 58% male vs. 42% female.

Next week is a gimme for Hollywood studios as none of them want to open the week after a Fast and Furious movie.

As for the rest of the box office, far behind in second place was DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox's "Boss Baby", with $15.5 million in its third week.

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.

In the seventh, nearly $300 million of cars were destroyed, including one of the most expensive cars in the world.

  • Salvatore Jensen