'Fast and Furious 8' sets new PH box-office record

Fast & Furious 8's US$532.5 million global debut breaks the record of the US$529 million held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

"The Fate of the Furious" has already broken the record for biggest global weekend ever, with $432.3 million.

While the latest "Fast" opened strongly, the manic muscle-car-filled film - with megastars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - made almost a third less in its first weekend than the previous "Fast and Furious" chapter, which scored $147.2 million. F7 went on to gross RMB 2.426 billion ($391 million), and remains China's highest-grossing Hollywood film of all-time, but the new installment's historic opening bodes well for a run challenging RMB 3 billion ($435 million). "There are factors from one film to the next that make them unique and certainly there were unique factors with Furious 7". He died in a auto crash while the film was still in production. "The "Furious" franchise perfectly represents what that global audience is all about. It's still firing on all cylinders".

Another limited offering was the animated film, Spark: A Space Tail, which debuted to a miserable $100,000 from 365 theaters for Open Road and the filmmakers.

Yoon, who was caught driving under the influence of alcohol for the third time previous year, had to leave the interview in the middle. Beauty and the Beast also became the 22nd largest worldwide release ever this weekend.

Holding its own, however, was a re-released, extended version of the 1995 Stephen Chow comedy, A Chinese Odyssey Part 2: Cinderella (大话西游之大圣娶亲), which grossed RMB 96 million ($13.9 million). Fate Of The Furious stuck to this release date, so it's safe to assume the next two films will as well.

The animated "Smurfs: The Lost Village" from Sony came in next at $6.5 million. But let's be real, eventually these movies will just be in Chinese.

  • Salvatore Jensen