Record-breaking debut for newest 'Fast and Furious' flick

"The Fate of the Furious" is roaring to a record-setting global debut over the weekend even as domestic audiences showed less enthusiasm for the latest installment in Universal's long-running "Fast and Furious" series.

The "Fast and the Furious" is a global juggernaut for Universal Pictures, which plans two additional pictures. The sci-fi film debuted with $529 million in 2015.

"The Fate of the Furious" was the number one movie at the box office, taking in $100.2 million in its opening weekend.

The eighth "Furious" franchise film, which an unforgiving critical eye might say is maybe a few classy auto chases ahead of a video game, stars Vin Diesel, The Rock, Ludacris and Charlize Theron.

On Instagram this weeekend, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took a break from his workout to let his millions of followers know that he's exceedingly appreciative of the love and support they've given to The Fate of the Furious.

The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, is off to a record-breaking start.

It is the first film in the franchise not to star Paul Walker, who died in a auto accident in 2013. 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 USA and Canadian total while making it the 12th highest grossing film of all time (unadjusted for inflation) domestically.

Fox and DreamWorks Animation's "The Boss Baby" was a distant second place, bringing in $15.5 million to push the family film's domestic gross to $116.3 million.

Think about that for a moment: that's half a billion U.S. dollars, in a couple of days, for a film whose character names and narratives could hardly be counted alongside the likes of Darth Vader, Hogwarts, Krypton or Gotham City.

Final numbers will come in Monday, and they could fluctuate.

The animated "Smurfs: The Lost Village" from Sony was fourth with $6.5 million.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" landed in third place with an estimated 13.6 million USA dollars.

  • Kyle Peterson