'The Fate of the Furious' races to record opening

This weekend, there was no question which movie would top the box office chart.

"The Fate of the Furious" also performed solidly in Mexico, where it earned $17.8 million, the United Kingdom and Ireland with $17 million, Russian Federation with $14.1 million, Germany with $13.6 million, and Brazil with $12.8 million.

And yet, "Fate" still failed to live up to expectations.

In North America, the rest of the chart looked sleepy in comparison to the fresh fuel of "The Fate of the Furious".

Meanwhile, last weekend's champion, Ghost in the Shell fell off by a staggering 97 percent, grossing just RMB 4.5 million ($0.66 million).

Why didn't the pedal hit the metal as hard this time?

The 44-year old Johnson recalled the action scenes in "The Fate Of The Furious", that also included one unsafe stunt where he needed to give a shot for sliding on the ice and redirecting the torpedo. At this point, declining debuts ought to be the rule, not the exception. When the actuals come in later today, there's a chance that it might dip below $100 million.

It's a sign that a franchise built around muscle cars and odes to the importance of family is growing more global in scope. Though the film has received mixed reviews from audiences with an overall rating of 56 out of 100 on Metacritic, The Guardian reports that the film $423.3 million profit in the foreign film market added to the domestic sum of $147.2 million.

The movie went on to make $190m in the country over the weekend, making it the biggest opening ever for a Hollywood movie there.

It's an indicator of what a box office power the Chinese market has become, especially for adrenaline-packed blockbusters like the Fast and Furious franchise, which counts 40 percent of its audience from China.

Even as Hollywood sets box-office records with new releases, expenses are going up too. The film is now rated 7.4/10 on iMDB and 64% on Rotten Tomatoes. Filmmakers are giving a lot of importance to the characters performing in the film. Those who are not quite chicken they can do anything.

Despite the drop of almost a third on the seventh film, the United States performance of The Fate of the Furious is still pretty impressive - it accounted for almost two-thirds of all USA box office takings over the weekend.

Furious 8's success was led by China where the film set a record for the biggest three-day opening weekend, taking in $190 million.

Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that movie would earn a record $532.5 million worldwide over the holiday weekend, thanks to a particularly robust showing in 63 territories, including China.

In this made in India Fast and Furious, two men - one in an auto rickshaw and the other in a Maruti Zen - race each other on Indian streets.

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