Vin Diesel and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson have patched things up

We all though we were going to have to look at the new Star Wars film at the end of the year to see the world debut gross record broken, but this week Fast and Furious 8 manages to do it.

That total beats the global record held by Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", which made $529 million worldwide its opening weekend in 2015. The Fate of the Furious has so far collected a record $US532.5 million ($701.5 million) at the box office.

An estimated $132 million of the global total comes from 4,310 North American theatres - a second best for the franchise and enough to easily top the domestic charts, but well below the $194 million opening of Furious 7 in 2015.

In Malaysia, the movie has generated US$6.8 million for its opening weekend - which is equal to RM29.9 million - since its release last week.

There's one caveat: "Force Awakens" didn't have the benefit of opening in the world's second largest movie market, China, until a month after it was initially released. This number in China can set a record as box office record for a foreign film which is now set by Furious 7 at $390 million in 2015.

After reports of an on-set feud between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mark "Vin Diesel" Sinclair plagued the production of the latest Fast & Furious movie, both stars have apparently buried the hatchet and will be returning in the ninth movie in the long-running racing franchise.

The latest "Fate of the Furious" cost $250 million and change to produce, that's a big difference from the "Furious 7" $190 million, and it also a big increase from the first film's $38 million budget. Right now, China's film regulators are slowly lightening their restrictions, especially that there is an obvious growth in the movie industry in 2016. However, as the Variety's report suggested, after the "Fate of the Furious" installment, it is good for the series to eye the exit ramp.

  • Salvatore Jensen