Furious 8 speeds into box office history

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MNA Culture Entertainment Desk: Universal’s – The Fate of the Furious – fell just short of $100 million in domestic receipts for its debut weekend but smashed the global opening record, industry data showed on Monday.

The eighth installment of the high-octane action series starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriquez and Jason Statham took $98.8 million in North America, according to industry monitor Exhibitor relations.

It was a sharp drop from the $147.2 million debut by “Furious 7” in 2015 but strong performance overseas meant it was able to smash the “Jurassic World” record international opening of $316.7, with a massive $432.3 million from 63 international markets.

That included $190 million in China-the biggest ever debut for any film in the world’s second largest economy-bringing its total global opening to $532 million and breaking the previous record of $529 million held by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015).