'Fate of the Furious' set to smash global box office records

Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that "The Fate of the Furious" would earn a record $532.5 million worldwide over the holiday weekend, thanks to a particularly robust showing in 63 territories, including China.

Star Wars, Harry Potter or indeed the nearly century-old comic book legends Batman and Superman may have sprung from a rich creative well, but in a stunning twist all of them have been banished to the box office naughty step.

The film broke the record for biggest worldwide weekend ever, with $432.3 million.

The cast for Fast 8 includes Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and, Helen Mirren. This weekend, The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment of the incredibly reliable franchise, opened in theaters and set an incredibly impressive record.

Final numbers will come in Monday, and they could fluctuate.

"Furious 7" ultimately posted the best opening weekend figure of "The Fast and the Furious" series in the USA, with $143.6 million compared to "Fast & Furious 6's" $97.4 million.

The rest of the chart looked sleepy in comparison to the fresh fuel of "The Fate of the Furious". IndieWire's David Ehrlich labeled the film the worst of the series, while the Los Angeles Times' Justin Chang argued the franchise had jumped the shark, or in this case, the nuclear submarine. Despite the rising costs, the film remains on pace to top $1 billion worldwide, making more sequels a certainty.

DreamWorks Animation and Fox's "The Boss Baby" was a distant second place, bringing in an estimated 15.5 million US dollars to push its gross to 116.3 million USA dollars in North America.

On the basis of United States box office alone, it falls to a stunning 42nd place on the same list, behind, well, everything: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, a bunch of Marvel movies, Iron Man, some of the Harry Potter films, The Hunger Games, Deadpool, Finding Dory and, more recently, even Beauty and the Beast.

Sony's (NYSE:SNE) Smurfs: The Lost Village fell 51% in its 2nd frame to $6.5-M for $24.7-M in North America and $94.7-M globally.

Most studios steered clear of "The Fate of the Furious", but there were a few courageous newcomers opening in limited release.

  • Salvatore Jensen