Currently, the record for the biggest global weekend of all time is currently held by Disney's Star Wars: the force awakens with $529 million. But, the Fate of the Furious has race to the top of the box office chart breaking an international record. The eighth film in the action thriller franchise took hold an estimated $532.5 million over the Easter weekend. This will make it the strongest worldwide debut ever overtaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
That said, the box office earnings for the Fast and Furious franchise were down in the United States in comparison to the previous Furious 7 movie. For example, Furious 7 opened with $147.2m in the United States when it was released in 2015 but, the latest sequel took home $47 million less.
The movie stars Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, who said he felt "grateful, humbled and blessed" after the film's success.
These box office numbers are quite astounding, especially for being the eighth movie in the franchise, and against all odds, this franchise seems to get bigger and bigger each time out. Worldwide the first movie only earned $207 million in the box office and that flatlined in 2006 with the global release of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Since then the movie's box office. Has rose incrementally but it would be the furious seven to $1.5 billion in the box office helping solidify the movie franchise in the process.
Not bad for a franchise I lost the movie's main actor, Paul Walker, to a tragic car accident four years ago. Ultimately, this movie knows exactly how to appeal to their target audience both in the United States and worldwide. The feature film includes a diverse cast and a large amount of shooting locations all around the world including Siberia and Georgia