‘Fate of the Furious’ Speeds to Record Global Box Office Opening

“The Fate of the Furious” crossed the finish line on Sunday as the biggest global opening in movie history.

The eighth film in the popular “Fast and Furious” franchise raced to an estimated $532.5 million box office opening around the world this weekend, according to its studio Universal Pictures.

That total beats the global record held by Disney (DIS)’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which made $529 million worldwide its opening weekend in 2015.

There’s one caveat: “Force Awakens” didn’t have the benefit of opening in the world’s second largest movie market, China, until a month after it was initially released.

“Fate,” meanwhile, opened in North America and 63 international markets, including China, the U.K. and Mexico.

“Fate” also broke box office records for bringing in the biggest international opening in movie history. The film made an estimated $432.3 million overseas, which lapped the record $316 million that “Jurassic World” made abroad in 2015. Domestically, “Fate” made an estimated $100.2 million over the weekend.

Final numbers will come in Monday, and they could fluctuate. But for now, “Fate” holds the record.

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SOURCE: CNN Money, Frank Pallotta