'Fate of the Furious' Cast Discuss the Staying Power of the Franchise

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The amount is even lower than earnings from China, which netted USD190 million (RM874 million), setting records for the biggest three-day opening weekend in history and the top debut for a Hollywood film in the Asian country. The period adventure film, directed by James Gray and produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B, stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller. The Universal Pictures' film made an estimated $432.3 million overseas and $100.2 million in the US.

This is simply another example of how the movie business has become a global one and North America is simply one part of a massive industry.

The movie, with a middle section set in New York City that was mostly shot here, grossed $532.5 million worldwide over the weekend, besting the record of $529 million previously set by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 2015.

"The Boss Baby" took second with $15.5 million, while "Beauty and the Beast" held on to third place with $13.6 million.

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With the addition of "Fast 8", the franchise has earned an estimated $5.8 billion globally.

Fate of the Furious is marked by success based on this weekend's turnout in the box office.

Neal Mortiz, the architect of the entirety of the gloriously-ridiculous car-racing franchise, has claimed that he'll be sticking to Vin Diesel's plan to cap the franchise off with the tenth movie in a recent interview with Collider.

The new picture is the costliest so far, with a budget of $250 million, according to Box Office Mojo, nearly double the cost of some of the earlier installments.

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

The film has the usual elaborate auto chases, this time through the streets of Cuba and across a frozen lake. Diesel reprises the role of vehicle racer Dominic, now married and retired. "I think some things may be blown out of proportion", he told USA Today. Cipher (Charlize Theron) brought a certain sex appeal to her character playing the one who would break this strong family up.

Anousha Sakoui wrote this story, (c) 2017 Bloomberg.

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