"The Fate of the Furious" is tipped to edge past "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" based on its solid performance in 63 territories - China inclusive.
Stateside, Furious 8 opened to $100.2 million, which is down $47 million from Furious 7's opening weekend a couple of years ago.
Star Wars, Harry Potter or indeed the nearly century-old comic book legends Batman and Superman may have sprung from a rich creative well, but in a stunning twist all of them have been banished to the box office naughty step.
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The Fate of the Furious, the eighth and latest installment in the The Fast and the Furious franchise, sped past a global box office record this weekend.
An estimated $100.2 million of the global total comes from 4,310 North American theaters - a second best for the franchise and enough to easily top the domestic charts, but well below the $147.2 million opening of "Furious 7" in 2015. Considering that the "Furious" franchise pulled in $190 million of its weekend haul in China, the Star Wars franchise might still be the king of the movie kingdom. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. "The Fate of the Furious" continues the franchise without Walker, adding in series newcomers such as Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.
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. 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 US and Canadian total while making it the 12th highest grossing film of all time (unadjusted for inflation) domestically.
Rounding out the top five: "Smurfs: The Lost Village" at #4 with $6.5 million, and "Going in Style" with $6.4 million, taking fifth place. If estimates hold, this is the third biggest April debut of all time in North America, according to record books kept by comScore's Paul Dergarabedian.