'Fast and the Furious' on road to record global debut

'Fast and the Furious' on road to record global debut

Globally, The Fate of the Furious is pacing ahead of the last movie, Furious 7, but the same can't be said for its performance in the US. The film made an estimated $432.3 million overseas and $100.2 million in the U.S.

The "Fast and the Furious" is a global juggernaut for Universal Pictures, which plans two additional pictures. That Fox/DreamWorks Animation film has now grossed $116.3 million domestically.

But it's the global total that everyone is looking at - if that number holds when the final numbers come in on Monday, Furious 8 will eclipse Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the BIGGEST WORLDWIDE OPENING EVER!

"The Fate of the Furious" has numerous returning stars like Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese and Ludacris, but has added some new elements behind the camera in director F. Gary Gray and in front of the camera with Charlize Theron. It is expected to pass the previous record of $529 million set by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

While the latest "Fast" opened strongly, the manic muscle-car-filled film - with megastars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - made almost a third less in its first weekend than the previous "Fast and Furious" chapter, which scored $147.2 million.

Behind megastars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the latest "Furious" film opened exceptionally well in the rest of the world. IndieWire's David Ehrlich labeled the film the worst of the series, while the Los Angeles Times' Justin Chang argued the franchise had jumped the shark, or in this case, the nuclear submarine. The live-action Disney classic has now topped the $1 billion mark, making it the 22nd largest worldwide release of all time.

Holding fifth spot on North American screens was "Going in Style".

Meanwhile, Beauty and the Beast's long legs continue carrying the film past the $1 billion mark at the global box office.

Elsewhere, Smurfs: The Lost Village earned an estimated $6.5 million domestically this weekend.

Most studios steered clear of "The Fate of the Furious", but there were a few courageous newcomers opening in limited release.