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The Fate of the Furious breaks global box office record

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The Fate of the Furious has raced to the top of the box office chart – breaking an international record in the process.

The eighth film in the action thriller franchise took an estimated $532.5m (£424.7m) globally over Easter weekend.

The figure makes it the strongest worldwide debut ever – marginally overtaking the $529m (£421.8m) taken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

However, the film’s US takings were down sharply on the previous movie.

Furious 7 opened with $147.2m (£117.3m) in the US when it was released in 2015 – but the latest instalment of the series opened with $100.2m (£80m).

The Fate of the Furious – titled Fast & Furious 8 in some territories – stars Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, who said he felt “grateful, humbled and blessed” after the film’s success.

Despite the drop of nearly a third on the seventh film, the US performance of The Fate of the Furious is still pretty impressive – it accounted for nearly two-thirds of all US box office takings over the weekend.

Its nearest competitor was The Boss Baby, which took a further $15.5m (£12.4m) to land second place.

The success of the latest film was led by China – which saw three-day takings of $190m (£151m).

This is a crucial part of what helped it outperform Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as the sci-fi epic did not open in China until later in its run.

More chapters in the Furious franchise, which began in 2001, are planned for release in 2019 and 2021.

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