Fast & Furious 8 has broken a huge record, racing to a global box office record for an opening weekend. It took in an estimated $532.5m worldwide, which was enough to see it overtake Star Wars: The Force Awakens and become the highest-grossing opening of all time.
The news was confirmed via Box Office Mojo:
However, domestically it didn’t perform as well as the last film in the franchise, as Fast 8 took $100.2m in the US, where as Fast & Furious 7 made $147.2m on its debut.
The Fate of the Furious thrived in the foreign markets though, especially in China, where the movie set a record for the biggest three-day opening weekend, with $190m.
The film’s star Dwayne Johnson revealed his delight over the news on Instagram:
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. It's not official yet, but the moment it becomes gospel I'll let you know. If it's true, then you know gratitude is my jam and I'm SO GRATEFUL for the luv. If it's not true, then I still luv ya back, but dammit its time for me to get back to jackin' iron and carrying around my shaker cup like a little boy carrying around his blankly. #SaturdaySweat #WestCoastIronParadise #ImHearingARumor #FateOfTheFurious #BiggestOpeningOfAllTime #HobbsTheBeast??☠️
Fast 8 also beat The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast to the top of the domestic weekend chart. In fact, it made more than the rest of the films in the US Top 10 combined.
Despite mediocre reviews, the movie has succeeded expectations and no doubt Universal will already now be planning for a 9th movie in the series.