'Fast 8' on fastest track to reap China's box office gold

Furious 8 had the advantage of opening in day and date in China, where it earned a massive $192 million, the second-biggest start ever. "Fate of the Furious" brought in an estimated $100 million in its debut weekend - coming in well behind "Furious 7" but in front of all other "Fast and Furious" films in the franchise. "The Fate of the Furious" took in an estimated $100.2 million, an impressive result, but a steep drop off from "Furious 7's" $147.2 million kick-off.

Star Wars took in $529 million total on its opening weekend and, well, Furious 8 looks like it just surpassed that.

Meanwhile, the opening night of "The Fate of the Furious" is now at $10.4 million at 3,310 theaters as of Thursday night according to Universal, Deadline reported.

One of the most anticipated films of the year The Fate of the Furious is doing wonderful business at the box office.

"The Fate of the Furious" has already broken the record for biggest worldwide weekend ever, with $432.3 million.

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Even NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was surprised, as he had not expected such a clear commitment from Donald Trump. We agree that allies need to redouble their efforts to meet the pledge we all made in 2014 to invest more in our Alliance.

Furious 7 generated additional interest due to the death of actor Paul Walker, who was killed in a vehicle accident in 2013.

Either way, many analysts don't expect any film to have a bigger domestic debut than "Furious 7". Fate of the Furious once again stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell.

"This franchise is showing no sign of wear and tear", said Duncan Clark, President of Distribution for Universal Pictures International. The Zach Braff-directed comedic caper film - starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin as a trio planning a heist - earned an estimated $6.3 million, which in turn makes for an estimated $23 million domestic gross for the film.

Disney's (NYSE:DIS) Beauty and the Beast held at # 3 with $13.5-M for a domestic total of $454.7-M and $1.043-B box office worldwide.

Rounding out the top five were "Smurfs: The Lost Village" with $6.5 million and "Going in Style" with $6.4 million.

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