'Fate of the Furious' To Set Global Debut Record (CMCSA)

  • 'Fate of the Furious' To Set Global Debut Record (CMCSA)

'Fate of the Furious' To Set Global Debut Record (CMCSA)

The film was also the franchise's second-biggest debut in North America, behind Furious 7's $147 million. Before then, however, you can see him in The Fate of the Furious now.

Based on the huge disparity between this installment's opening numbers and "Furious 7's", American fans seemingly have become disinterested with the franchise. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. It is expected to pass the previous record of $529 million set by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

Interest in "The Fast and the Furious" had grown since "Furious 7" because of the death of Paul Walker, who played lead character Brian O'Conner. That number is definitely in reach for The Fate of the Furious at this point.

The Fate of the Furious raced to an estimated $532.5-M global debut over Easter weekend, including $100.2-M domestically and a $432.2-M overseas.

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Beyond Johnson, Diesel, Mirren, and Theron, "The Fate of the Furious" brings back franchise veterans Kurt Russell, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, and Michelle Rodriguez. 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.

The studio has not released an official production budget, but it is reported to be in the pricey $250 million range. The live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated fantasy came in third on the North American chart this weekend, adding an estimated $13.6 million to its $454 million US and Canadian total while making it the 12th highest grossing film of all time (unadjusted for inflation) domestically.

Meanwhile, Beauty and the Beast's long legs continue carrying the film past the $1 billion mark at the global box office.

Rounding out the top five was "Smurfs: The Lost Village", earning an estimated $6.5 million, and "Going in Style", with $6.35 million. The Warner Bros. comedy, starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine as aging bank robbers, had weekend sales of $6.3 million. The Fate of the Furious is in theaters everywhere now.