'Fate of the Furious' races to biggest global box office opening ever

The movie - also referred to as Fast & Furious 8 - brought in around $100.2 million in North America which is less than the $147 million opening for Furious 7.

Meanwhile, its two-day weekend gross of P110 million is also the biggest weekend ever for the film franchise, surpassing the P98-million bow of "Fast & Furious 7".

At the U.S. box office, The Boss Baby took second with $15.5 million (£12.3 million), while Beauty And The Beast held on to third place with $13.6 million (£10.1 million).

The Fate of the Furious, the eighth chapter in the petrol-powered Fast and Furious franchise, was released in more than 60 territories over the weekend and swiftly rose to the top of the box office in all of them, according to Box Office Mojo.

The movie, with a middle section set in New York City that was mostly shot here, grossed $532.5 million worldwide over the weekend, besting the record of $529 million previously set by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 2015. The main stars of the film are Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Scott Eastwood. Here, the previous record holder was "Jurassic World" with $316.7 million collection at the opening day. New Line and Village Roadshow's Going in Style has grossed nearly as much as Smurfs, earning $6.4 million in is second outing for a domestic total of $23.4 million. Opening weekend figures for "The Force Awakens", however, do not include China because it didn't open in that country until three weeks after it premiered everywhere else.

With this weekend's earnings, the Fast and Furious franchise has now amassed almost US$4.5 billion worldwide from all eight of its feature films and there are more to come with "Fast and Furious 9" planned for 2019 and a tenth installment set for a 2021 release.

Fast and Furious 8 is produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell.

"Beauty and the Beast" continued its impressive run, earning $13.6 million in its fifth week - to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide.

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