The “Fast and the Furious” franchise shows no signs of easing off the gas.
“The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in the series, is on a track to earn $104 million in its opening weekend in the United States, and a record-breaking $530 million worldwide, inching past the previous high set in 2015 by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The Universal Pictures sequel is already shattering records in China, where it could finish the weekend with $200 million, the biggest three-day opening ever. “Furious 7” finished its 2015 run in China with $390 million, an all-time record for a Hollywood release. It’s worth noting that “The Force Awakens” didn’t debut in China until later in its run.
Directed by F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”), “The Fate of the Furious” rolled out this weekend in 63 markets around the globe, opening at No. 1 in each country along the way. The film earned more than $10 million in Thursday previews in North America, on its way to a $45.6 million opening day.
The first seven films in the action franchise, which launched in 2001, have earned a combined $3.9 billion worldwide.
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