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"Fate Of The Furious" Just Destroyed Global Box Office Records

It earned more money worldwide than Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and most of it was made internationally.

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The Fate of the Furious, the eighth movie in the Fast and Furious franchise, opened domestically with a respectable $100.2 million — and internationally with an astronomical $432.3 million.

That $532.5 million total worldwide gives The Fate of the Furious the biggest global box office debut of all time, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens' $529 million debut in 2015.

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The Fate of the Furious's international earnings accounted for more than 81% of its global box office earnings, a wildly lopsided figure even considering how vital foreign markets have become to Hollywood.


But its domestic debut was no match for Furious 7's $147 million opening in 2015. That was the last movie in the franchise to star Paul Walker, who died while the film was still in production.

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The Fate of the Furious also just scraped past Fast & Furious 6's $97.4 million domestic opening weekend, indicating that for audiences in the US and Canada, enthusiasm for the franchise may be cooling just a bit.

Internationally, the franchise shows no signs of slowing. The Fate of the Furious earned the all-time biggest debut in 17 territories, including Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Most impressively, the movie earned an estimated $190 million in China — beating the opening weekend record of its predecessor, Furious 7.

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Chinese distributors keep a larger proportion of box office returns than other international markets, but The Fate of the Furious's success there is another indication that China is expected to surpass the US and Canada as the biggest theatrical market as early as within the next decade. The country has become central to Hollywood's ability to make money on its biggest blockbusters.

The ninth Fast and Furious movie, meanwhile, is scheduled to open on April 19, 2019 — and the 10th film will debut on April 2, 2021. With precious few franchises in its stable, Universal Pictures will likely keep filling the tank on this series for the foreseeable future.

Here are the estimated top 10 box office figures for Friday to Sunday, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. The Fate of the Furious* — $100.2 million

2. The Boss Baby — $15.5 million

3. Beauty and the Beast — $13.6 million

4. Smurfs: The Lost Village — $6.5 million

5. Going in Style — $6.4 million

6. Gifted — $3 million

7. Get Out — $2.9 million

8. Power Rangers — $2.85 million

9. The Case for Christ — $2.7 million

10. Kong: Skull Island — $2.67 million

*Opening weekend

Adam B. Vary is a senior film reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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