Universal Pictures' "The Fate of the Furious" has broken a record for its global opening week passing over last 2015's big movie from Disney and Lucasfilm, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
The eighth film in the movie franchise, "The Fate of the Furious," has made an estimated amount of $532.5 million globally during its opening last Easter weekend, according to BBC. The movie managed to pass through Disney and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awaken" which made $529 million during its opening in December 2015.
However, the latest film franchise installment is lacking in numbers when it comes to the United States opening. Reports have it that "The Fate of the Furious" managed to make $100.2 million in the US for its opening which is $47 million short compared to the $147.2 million opening of its predecessor "Furious 7" that was released in 2015.
"The Fate of the Furious" is also currently the no. 1 holder for the record of biggest international opening in movie history. CNN reported that the eighth film installment made $432.3 million overseas for its opening, taking over the previous title holder, the 2015 dinosaur film "Jurassic World" with $316 million.
Many fans and professionals see the high success of "The Fate of the Furious" opening box office hit as good news for the future of the franchise. It is all due to the announcement that Universal made for the movie saying a ninth and tenth installments are going to happen for the years 2019 and 2021, respectively.
"This is an astonishing feat for a decade and a half old franchise that launched as a marginalized car culture movie with no stars and no imaginings of a long-term franchise future," senior media analyst over at comScore, Paul Dergarabedian, said as relayed by CNN.
No final numbers yet for the total earnings of "The Fate of the Furious." More updates about its box office hits should surface in the coming weeks.