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

Matt Kennedy  Universal

"The Fast and Furious" franchise, which added Charlize Theron for the latest installment, has now amassed $4.4 billion worldwide over its eight movies.

"Beauty" earned another $13.7 million to bring its five-week domestic take to $454.7 million but, as with "The Fate of the Furious", the Disney fairytale starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens is doing its biggest business overseas. Furious 7 got a solid $147 million for its opening weekend last 2015.

It smashed the global opening record meanwhile, with a ludicrous (or is that Ludacris?) $432.3 million dwarfing the $316.7 million managed by Jurassic World, the previous holder. The film's debut this weekend gained $100.2 million nationally and $432.3 million internationally.

The Fate of the Furious - titled Fast & Furious 8 in some territories - stars Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, who said he felt "grateful, humbled and blessed" after the film's success.

In Malaysia, the movie made US$5.6 million during its opening weekend and its total box office collection was US$15.9 million, making it the highest grossing box office movie of all time in the country to date.

That total beats the global record held by Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", which made $529 million worldwide its opening weekend in 2015.

Despite a boring critical response, the 8th instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise, "The fate of the furious" is smashing all the box-office records. In fact, China is the world's second-largest movie market next to the US.

The film also drove past records in China, a growing movie market. Universal has already announced a ninth and tenth installment for 2019 and 2021.