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"The Fate of the Furious" smashes global box office records

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While the latest "Fast" opened strongly, the manic muscle-car-filled film - with megastars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - made almost a third less in its first weekend than the previous "Fast and Furious" chapter, which scored $147.2 million. "The Fate of the Furious" took in an estimated $100.2 million, an impressive result, but a steep drop off from "Furious 7's" $147.2 million kick-off. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

If the figures hold, it will just inch past the previous record holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" which launched to $529 million in December of 2015 without China. "Furious 7" served as a memorial of sorts to Paul Walker, the franchise star whose 2013 death in a auto accident shattered his co-stars and many fans.

The rest of the chart looked sleepy in comparison to the fresh fuel of "The Fate of the Furious".

The Fate of the Furious debuted in super-high gear this weekend, taking in US$100.2 million (RM442.13 million) on North American screens and roaring to record global revenues of more than a half-billion dollars, industry analysts estimated yesterday.

Beyond Johnson, Diesel, Mirren, and Theron, "The Fate of the Furious" brings back franchise veterans Kurt Russell, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, and Michelle Rodriguez.

The studio has not released an official production budget, but it is reported to be in the pricey $250 million range.

Back in the Top 10, Fox and DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby placed #2 with $15.5 million for a domestic take of $116.5-M and worldwide box office of $287.6-M.

"Beauty and the Beast" crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide this weekend. If estimates hold, this is the third biggest April debut of all time in North America, according to record books kept by comScore's Paul Dergarabedian.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" landed in third place with an estimated 13.6 million USA dollars.

Elsewhere, Smurfs: The Lost Village earned an estimated $6.5 million domestically this weekend. The Fate of the Furious is in theaters everywhere now.

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