The Fate of the Furious has officially surpassed Star Wars: The Force Awakens worldwide opening box office record. This excluded China as the film released three weeks after its worldwide release.
In North America, Furious 8 scored the 2nd-biggest launch of the franchise behind Furious 7's $147-M. Analysts seem to believe that these numbers could fluctuate once everything is tallied tomorrow, so Furious 8 technically isn't the record holder just yet, but it certainly had the largest global opening of all time, previously held by Jurassic World at $316.7 million.
"Fate of the Furious" will have China to thank for a chunk of its haul.
"Fate of the Furious" female lead star, Michelle Rodriguez, has revealed who is behind the family central theme of the film franchise. Domestically, "Fate" made an estimated $100.2 million over the weekend. "Furious 7" served as a memorial of sorts to Paul Walker, the franchise star whose 2013 death in a vehicle accident shattered his co-stars and many fans.
Either way, many analysts don't expect any film to have a bigger domestic debut than "Furious 7".
The film, which stars Vin Diesel and was directed by F. Gary Gray, is the highest-grossing opening for an African American director ever, according to Universal.
Saturday's receipts was also the biggest opening day of the year so far, as well the best first day gross for a Universal Pictures title in history. The franchise has earned over $3.9 billion (£3.1 billion) to date and at least two additional films are planned.
Back in the top 10, Fox and DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby placed No. 2 with $15.5 million for a domestic cume of $116.5 million.
Sony's Smurfs: The Lost Village continued to get lost, falling a steep 51 percent in its second weekend to $6.5 million for a domestic total of $24.7 million.
And hanging tough in third is "Beauty and the Beast", bringing in an estimated $13.6 million. After a small release opening last weekend, it expanded to 1,100 locations this week earning $3 million, enough to push into sixth place. New Line and Village Roadshow's Going in Style has grossed nearly as much as Smurfs, earning $6.4 million in is second outing for a domestic total of $23.4 million.