Fate of the Furious Racing Towards Near $400M Opening

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According to Variety, "The Fate of the Furious," Universal Pictures' eight installment in its "Fast and Furious" franchise, is expected to accumulate a whopping $380 million -- at least -- from the global box office its opening weekend.

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On a budget of approximately $250 million, the eighth "Fast and Furious" flick looks to make a serious dent in its 63-market debut. If the estimates are accurate, the film could beat out the previous franchise record-holder -- "Furious 7" -- surpassing its $397.7 million bow. The reason? This time around, the film will open in China and Russia on the same day as it does in North America, unlike "Furious 7," which saw its debut in those markets weeks later.

However, it seems "Fate of the Furious" won't surpass "Furious 7's" domestic numbers, as the film is set to rake in a modest $100 million -- $47.2 million less than "Furious 7's" domestic intake. The seventh installment saw a box office bump in the wake of Paul Walker's passing.

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Directed by F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton,” “The Italian Job”), the film stars returning franchise veterans Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell, joined by newcomers Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren. “The Fate of the Furious” opens April 14.

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