"The Fate of the Furious," the latest in a series of Universal's action-thriller movies, has broken global box office records on the opening weekend, earning an estimated $532.5 million worldwide.
It marginally overtakes "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for strongest the international opening record of $529 million.
With an estimated $100.2 million at the domestic box office, it became the second 2017 release to top the century mark over its three-day opening at the Easter weekend.
However, the eighth installment of the American franchise Fast and Furious saw a sharp drop from "Furious 7's" $147.2 million domestic kick-off.
On top of its North American debut, the film premiered in 63 international markets collecting a record $432.3 million.
The success of the latest film was led by China, an estimated $190 million, which is the largest three-day opening weekend of all-time in a country of Hollywood movie lovers.
58 percent of the opening day audience were male, while 50 percent under the age of 25.
Fast & Furious features illegal street racing and heists, and includes material in various other media that depict characters and situations from the films. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the series opened with the 2001 film titled The Fast and the Furious. This was followed by seven sequels, and has become Universal's biggest franchise of all time.
The Fate of the Furious includes Vin Diesel, who has appeared in every film in the franchise, and Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris.
Fast and Furious 9 is scheduled for 2019 and a tenth installment set for 2021 release.
by RTT Staff Writer
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