Fate Of The Furious on course to eclipse box office record with debut

The film is set to be a record-breaker

Actor Vin Diesel has revealed that he feels immensely “humbled and blessed”, that his latest The Fast And The Furious film is on course to become the biggest worldwide debut of all time.

The film is predicted to earn a record 532.5 million US dollars (£425.2 million) worldwide over the holiday weekend, thanks to a particularly robust showing in 63 territories including China.

The Fate Of The Furious, the eighth instalment in the high-octane franchise, looks set to beat both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.

If the figures hold, the film will just inch past the previous record holder, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which launched to 529 million dollars (£422.4 million) in December 2015, without China.

The popular franchise broke the record for biggest international weekend ever, with 432.3 million dollars (£345.2 million), beating the previous record holder Jurassic World, which made 316.7 million dollars (£252.9 million).

Star Diesel, who plays Dominic “Dom” Toretto in the series,  said: “Grateful, humbled and blessed”.

His co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wrote: “Takin’ a quick break between our Saturday sweat sets.

“My phone’s blowing up and apparently, #FateOfTheFurious is the biggest global box office opening of all time.

Duncan Clark, Universal’s president of international distribution, said of the film: “There is no market that hasn’t had a strong reception.

“Whatever culture, whatever language, whatever country, we seem to have found a home.”

The China opening alone brought in a record 190 million dollars (£151.7 million).

An estimated 100.2 million dollars (£80.1 million) of the global total comes from 4,310 North American cinemas, a second best for the franchise and enough to easily top the US charts, but well below the 147.2 million dollars (£117.5 million) opening of Furious 7 in 2015.

There was additional interest in Furious 7 due to the death of actor Paul Walker, who played cop turned street racer Brian O’Conner, a lead character in six of the films.

He died in a car crash in 2013 while the film was still in production.

Universal Pictures is planning two more movies in the franchise, which has earned an estimated 4.4 billion dollars (£3.5 billion) globally.

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