Fate of the Furious wins the race with a record global debut

The eighth instalment in the Fast and the Furious is on the path to becoming the biggest worldwide debut of all time, besting both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.

Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that The Fate of the Furious would earn a record $532.5m worldwide over the holiday weekend, thanks to a particularly robust showing in 63 territories, including China.

If the figures hold, it will just inch past the previous record holder, Star Wars: The Force Awakens which launched to $529m in December of 2015 without China.

The film broke the record for biggest international weekend ever, with $432.3m. The previous record holder was Jurassic World with $316.7m.

“There is no market that hasn’t had a strong reception,” said Duncan Clark, Universal’s president of international distribution. “Whatever culture, whatever language, whatever country, we seem to have found a home.”

Watch a trailer for Fate of the Furious here:

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