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

"Fate of the Furious" brought in an estimated $100 million in its debut weekend - coming in well behind "Furious 7" but in front of all other "Fast and Furious" films in the franchise.

Universal Pictures' eighth installment from the franchise, which stars Vin Diesel, was released in 63 countries this weekend, including China and Russian Federation, bringing its worldwide total to an estimated $532.5 million.

It was a insane weekend that Hollywood car-racing blockbuster "The Fate of the Furious" broke a series of records and raised a new stunning box office level.

The China opening alone brought in a record $190 million followed by $17.8 million from Mexico and $17 million from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The eighth instalment surpassed "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ($528.9 million) and "Jurassic World" ($525.5 million).

And that's at least partly due to the untimely death of Paul Walker prior to its release.

With the latest release, "Fast and Furious" films have collectively grossed more than 3.9 billion US dollars globally.

Behind megastars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the latest "Furious" film opened exceptionally well in the rest of the world.

The film, directed by F. Gary Gray of "Straight Outta Compton" fame, also features Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson and hip-hop star Ludacris. The sci-fi film debuted with $529 million (£422.5 million) in 2015.

DreamWorks Animation and Fox's "The Boss Baby" was a distant second place, bringing in an estimated US$15.5 million to push its gross to US$116.3 million in North America. The eighth film in the franchise has earned $432.2 million (£345.2 million) overseas, while the Jurassic Park sequel took in $316.7 million (£252.9 million) in 2015.

Walt Disney Co.'s live action adaptation Beauty and the Beast added an estimated $13.6 million to the $1 billion it has generated in ticket sales globally.

Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style close out the top five, respectively.

  • Salvatore Jensen