It’s another successful outing for Dominic Toretto and family, as the eighth instalment in the Fast and Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious, raced to a global box office record for an opening weekend, collecting an estimated USD532.5 million (about RM 2.35 billion) worldwide.

The figure bested last year’s blockbuster, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which collected USD529 million (about RM2.33 billion). Not only that, the film saw its largest intake on the foreign market (outside the United States), earning USD432.3 million (about RM1.9 billion) internationally after releasing in 63 countries, beating out Jurassic World.

However, the film opened to just USD100.2 million (RM441 million) in North America, which is a significant drop from the previous film, Furious 7 that collected USD147.2 million (RM649 million). 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.

In the family’s latest outing, Toretto betrays his team to work for international cyberterrorist Cipher, and it is up to characters played by Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham and Ludacris to decipher (pun intended) and hopefully stop whatever Charlize Theron’s character has planned.

There’s plenty more Fast and Furious action to be had as well, with the ninth film set to be released on April 19, 2019, followed by a tenth (and maybe final) instalment arriving on April 2, 2021. What did you think of the The Fate of the Furious or Fast and Furious 8, as it is known here?