'Fate of the Furious' Reveals That China Is Where the Action Is

There is one note, however: When "The Force Awakens" opened, China was not part of the initial release.

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!

The eighth "Furious" franchise film, which an unforgiving critical eye might say is maybe a few classy auto chases ahead of a video game, stars Vin Diesel, The Rock, Ludacris and Charlize Theron.

Actors Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel attend the premiere of Universal Pictures" "The Fate Of The Furious' at Radio City Music Hall on April 8, 2017 in New York City.

The action movie, starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, earned $100.2 million (£80 million) at the box office.

The $100.2 million is slightly below analyst expectations for the film. The eight instalment of the Fast & Furious movie franchise has already broken the record for the biggest worldwide weekend ever, with $US432.3 million.

There's asterisk, however, next to the mark set by the movie also known as "Fast 8". The biggest thing is that its $102 million opening is far less than the $147 million FURIOUS 7 opened with.

While it's expected The Fate of the Furious won't break box office records in North America, the film is doing mega well overseas.

Duncan Clark, Universal's president of global distribution, said of the film: "There is no market that hasn't had a strong reception".

The opening weekend collections in India are just second to the previous instalment of the franchise which collected approximately Rs 50.05 crore.

Looks like we know the fate of the Furious.

"Beauty and the Beast" continued to draw viewers, earning $13.6 million in its fifth week out.

Sony Corp.'s "Smurfs: The Lost Village" landed in fourth place with an estimated US$6.5 million. New Line and Village Roadshow's Going in Style has grossed nearly as much domestically as Smurfs, earning $6.4 million in its second outing for a domestic total of $23.4 million and $35.1 million worldwide.

  • Salvatore Jensen