'Fast and the Furious' on road to record global debut

Despite the mind-boggling worldwide numbers, "The Fate of the Furious" didn't manage to top the domestic opening-weekend gross of its predecessor, "Furious 7", which raked in $142 mil at the North American box office during its opening weekend in 2015. The eighth movie in the series brought in $532.5 million at the worldwide box office this weekend, passing Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million) to set an all-time opening-weekend high. Analysts seem to believe that these numbers could fluctuate once everything is tallied tomorrow, so Furious 8 technically isn't the record holder just yet, but it certainly had the largest global opening of all time, previously held by Jurassic World at $316.7 million.

The China opening alone brought in a record $190 million followed by $17.8 million from Mexico and $17 million from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

While the debut was a large one, it marks a significant decrease from the gross of its forerunner, Furious 7, which made $147 million in 2015 after opening in 4,004 theaters in North America, compared to F8's 4,310-screen domestic release.

The cast for Fast 8 includes Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and, Helen Mirren. Audiences agreed, handing "The Fate of the Furious" an A CinemaScore.

Furious 8 opened in China, where it earned a massive $190-M, the biggest 3-day bow in history.

The Fate of the Furious may have shattered records in global markets, but domestically it settled for a handful of second and third place spots. However, the Alec Baldwin-starring animated feature continues to perform well, crossing the $100 million mark domestically with an estimated weekend earning of $15.5 million.

Rounding out the top five were "Smurfs: The Lost Village" with $6.5 million and "Going in Style" with $6.4 million.

The Warner Bros. comedy, starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine as aging bank robbers, had weekend sales of US$6.3 million.

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