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Fate of the Furious wins the race with a record global debut

19 April 2017

Simultaneous release in China has resulted in great advantage for the latest instalment of the "Fast & the Furious" series.

The film's massive box office total surpasses the previous record-holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned $529 million during its debut weekend back in December.

A US$22 million take from foreign markets brought its global total to just over US$1 billion, making it the 22nd largest worldwide release of all time.

The action movie did not only broke this record but also surpassed fellow Universal movie ' Jurassic World' to score the best global launch of all time.

The Force Awakens broke the record for biggest worldwide weekend ever in December 2015, with $569.4 million (without China).

"I'm extrapolating, but based on the reviews and the buzz we're getting from theaters, I think we can eclipse that", Duncan Clark, president of Universal Pictures International, was quoted.

"Fate" also broke box office records for bringing in the biggest global opening in movie history.

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However, the latest film franchise installment is lacking in numbers when it comes to the United States opening.

Nick Carpou, Universal's domestic distribution chief, added: "We're riding very high".

The "Fate of the Furious" is an important success for the fate of Atlanta's robust film industry. The film's opening weekend haul includes $190 million earned in China, a record for a Hollywood film in that country. Fate of the Furious once again stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. And movies that are more recognizably American don't play as well there. Further episodes of Fast and Furious are planned for 2019 and 2021.

"Going in Style", a Warner Bros. comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine as an octogenarian bank robbers, placed fifth in its second weekend, taking in $6.3 million for a domestic total of $23.3 million, which nearly covers its production budget.

Disney's "Beauty And The Beast" crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide sales in this, its fifth week of domestic exhibition.

Rounding out the top five was Warner Bros.' "Going in Style" with $6.4 million in its second week. It was third place domestically, with $13.7 million.