NEW YORK- "The Fate of the Furious" crossed the finish line on Monday as the biggest global opening in movie history.
Diesel said he felt "grateful, humbled and blessed" at the film's success, which also stars Charlize Theron as villain Cipher, Jason Statham and Tyrese Gibson, who recently apologised for sexist remarks. In addition to the largest launch ever, it also set the record for the largest worldwide launch, with $432.3 million of its revenue coming from foreign markets. Even if one factors in the astronomical marketing budget, The Fate of the Furious will be raking in close to $1 billion, if not more to turn in a neat profit for the studio.
Furious 8 completely dominated screens this weekend - after a sluggish first quarter, restless theater managers allotted nearly three out of every four showtimes to the film - and accounted for 90 percent of all weekend moviegoing business, squeezing out what little competition remained. The fact that the Fast and Furious films are bigger in China than Star Wars, and by a large margin, shows just how big this franchise truly is. Previous record-holder, "The Mermaid", took four days to reach that mark, considered the threshold for a hit film.
In North America, Furious 8 opened to a strong $100.2 million, the second-biggest opening of the franchise behind Furious 7's $147 million.
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.
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"The Fast and the Furious" franchise is known for playing around with characters' deaths just like Letty, who eventually returned when the story revealed that she was actually alive.
"Maybe next time "Star Wars" should film in Cleveland". Domestically, Fate made $98.8 million over the weekend.
"The Boss Baby" took second with $15.5 million, while "Beauty and the Beast" held on to third place with $13.6 million.
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