April 26, 2017
‘Fate of the Furious’ challenges box office records
HOLLYWOOD - “The Fate of the Furious” smashed global box office records, earning an estimated $532 million worldwide to set a new high-water mark for an opening weekend.

The long-running series, now in its eighth installment, got a big boost from foreign crowds. The action thriller took a bow in 63 foreign markets.

Variety Magazine suggested it’s a sign that a franchise built around muscle cars and odes to the importance of family is growing more global in scope.

The latest installment brings back Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto, he of the monosyllable and tight-fitting t-shirts, and has the character betray his band of brothers and sisters in the service of a cyber terrorist (Charlize Theron). Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and Kurt Russell help to round out the cast, with “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray sliding behind the camera.

The “Fast and the Furious” films have now earned $4.4 billion worldwide, making it easily the most successful franchise in Universal’s history and the eighth highest-grossing film series in history.
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