'The Fate of the Furious' races to record opening

Audiences agreed, handing "The Fate of the Furious" an A CinemaScore. That was high enough to take second place in the franchise for domestic openings behindFurious 7's $147 million debut in 2015.

Star Wars, Harry Potter or indeed the nearly century-old comic book legends Batman and Superman may have sprung from a rich creative well, but in a stunning twist all of them have been banished to the box office naughty step.

Film critic Taran Adarsh shared the news with utmost humour, "While we rejoice over 100 cr, 200 cr, 300 cr, #Furious8 collects $ 188.85 million in its opng wknd in China".

On the heels of 2015's Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion at the worldwide box office and the sixth-biggest global title in box office history, the latest installment in the ever growing action franchise, The Fate of the Furious, has just smashed global box office records with its more than impressive opening weekend.

"The Fate of the Furious" has numerous returning stars like Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese and Ludacris, but has added some new elements behind the camera in director F. Gary Gray and in front of the camera with Charlize Theron.

"Furious 7" had a groundswell of additional interest due to the death of actor Paul Walker, who played cop turned street racer Brian O'Conner, a lead character in six of the films.

The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, is off to a record-breaking start. The seventh installment was the final film that included Paul Walker, who tragically died in a vehicle crash in 2013.

The entire franchise has now grossed just under $4 billion globally, too - not too damn bad!

"The Boss Baby" took second place with an estimated $15.5 million, followed by Disney's "Beauty and the Beast", with $13.6 million.

Final numbers will come in Monday, and they could fluctuate.

Rounding out the top five: "Smurfs: The Lost Village" at #4 with $6.5 million, and "Going in Style" with $6.4 million, taking fifth place.

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