'Fate of the Furious' success fueled by global moviegoers

The film grossed a whopping $432.3M (Rs 27,83,57,97,000) overseas and $532.5M (Rs 34,28,76,75,000) worldwide, which is the biggest opening for any movie globally.

Exhibitor Relations said the latest chapter in Universal Studio's "Fast and Furious" series accounted for almost two-thirds of North American revenues over the three-day Easter weekend, leaving previous frontrunner "The Boss Baby" in its dust with just $15.5 million in sales.

The film was also the franchise's second-biggest debut in North America, behind Furious 7's $147 million. "The Fate of the Furious is satisfying audiences on many different levels".

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.

Furious 8 completely dominated screens this weekend - after a sluggish first quarter, restless theater managers allotted nearly 3 out of every 4 showtimes to the film - and accounted for 90% of all weekend moviegoing business, squeezing out what little competition remained.

The film has performed better than other Hollywood films which released this year in India.

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.

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.

This is Gray's second box office darling in a row; his last film, Straight Outta Compton, grossed over $200 million worldwide. Tran tweeted, "While we rejoice over ₹ 100 cr, ₹ 200 cr, ₹ 300 cr, #Furious8 collects $ 188.85 million in its opng wknd in China".

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

Elsewhere, Smurfs: The Lost Village earned an estimated $6.5 million domestically this weekend.

  • Salvatore Jensen