'Fate of the Furious' fails to surpass F7's box-office opening

If the figures hold, the film will just inch past the previous record holder, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which launched to 529 million dollars (£422.4 million) in December 2015, without China. Forbes reports the film also broke records in 17 other countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Middle East, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, U.A.E., Venezuela and Vietnam. The film was released on May 12 (Wednesday) and has attracted a lot of viewers over the last few days. The film still lagged behind its predecessor Furious 7, which was the biggest opening Hollywood film in India.

In the Philippines, the Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson blockbuster opened at No.1 with a two-day weekend gross of P110-million.

Directed by F. Gary Gray, the film also features Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson and hip-hop star Ludacris.

Back in the Top 10, Fox and DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby placed #2 with $15.5 million for a domestic take of $116.5-M and worldwide box office of $287.6-M. Furious 7 was the final film in the series to star Paul Walker, who died in a tragic vehicle crash in November 2013.

Gifted expanded to wide release and finished in sixth place with $3 million.

Disney's "Beauty And The Beast" crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide sales in its fifth week of domestic exhibition.

The eighth film in the "Fast and Furious" franchise revved up and hit the gas with a debut weekend of US$100.2 million in North America and US$432.2 million overseas.

While some may be surprised that the film does so well internationally despite the scathing and overly divisive reviews, The Fast and the Furious franchise has always had a lot of support from the global film market.

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). This film has taken $250 million costs till it's reaching the box office.

  • Carolyn Briggs