'The Fate of the Furious' races to record opening

"The Fate of the Furious" is tipped to edge past "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" based on its solid performance in 63 territories - China inclusive. By contrast, "Furious 7", which served as a tribute to Paul Walker, who died in a auto crash before filming was completed, raked in $147.2 million in its first weekend.

The "Fast and the Furious" is a global juggernaut for Universal Pictures, which plans two additional pictures. Heading into the weekend, most analysts expected the film would roar past the $100 million mark, instead of inch over the line. Although the official figures don't come out until Monday morning, "The Fate of the Furious" appears to be on track to best "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", which now holds the record at $529 million following its 2015 release.

"The Fate of the Furious", starring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, also broke an worldwide box office record previously held by "Jurassic World", bringing in a whopping $432.3 million overseas.

Behind megastars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the latest "Furious" film opened exceptionally well in the rest of the world. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" garnered $529 million worldwide during its opening weekend beginning Dec.18, 2015, according to website Box Office Mojo. The seventh installment was the final film that included Paul Walker, who tragically died in a vehicle crash in 2013. "It's still firing on all cylinders". Final domestic figures will be released Monday. However, the Alec Baldwin-starring animated feature continues to perform well, crossing the $100 million mark domestically with an estimated weekend earning of $15.5 million. The live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated fantasy came in third on the North American chart this weekend, adding an estimated $13.6 million to its $454 million US and Canadian total while making it the 12th highest grossing film of all time (unadjusted for inflation) domestically.

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Sony's (NYSE:SNE) Smurfs: The Lost Village fell 51% in its 2nd frame to $6.5-M for $24.7-M in North America and $94.7-M globally.

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