Fast & Furious 8 races to the top of the US box office

Susannah Alexander
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From Digital Spy

They won't have a reason to be angry after this news – the latest in the Fast and Furious series has annihilated the competition at the US box office this weekend.

The Fate of the Furious (aka Fast & Furious 8) is on course to set a new global debut record, with it expecting to pass the $529 million made by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in that film's opening weekend. In the US alone, the film has made a massive $100.2 million in its first week of release.

And while that debut is a big drop on Furious 7's domestic opening, which earned over $140 million in its first first week of release, it is also more than the rest of the films in the US Top 10 managed to make this week.

Combined.

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The film's global box office is expected to be in the region of $530 million, with the film receiving a massive boost from China, where it's racked up $135 million in just the first two days of release (via Variety).

A couple of reasons have been suggested for Furious 8's drop in box office, ranging from the mixed reviews to the reported feud between actors Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. There's also the fact that Furious 7 acted as a tribute to star Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash in 2013, while Furious 8 doesn't have that same emotional resonance.

Even so, when you manage to make $80 million more than your closest rival, it's not too bad going.

And the film lagging so far behind Furious 8 is Fox and DreamWorks Animation's Alec Baldwin-starring The Boss Baby, which has been knocked off the top spot after bringing in $15.5 million.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast drops another spot down into third place, taking in $13.6 million, but we bet the studio isn't too unhappy with the fall – especially considering it recently passed the $1 billion mark worldwide and became the biggest live-action musical ever.

Rounding out the top 5 is Smurfs: The Lost Village in fourth place and Going in Style, which stars Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine in fifth.

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Here is the weekend's top ten in full, as reported by Box Office Mojo:

1. (-) The Fate of the Furious - $100,181,640

2. (1) The Boss Baby - $15,540,000

3. (2) Beauty and the Beast - $13,634,000

4. (3) Smurfs: The Lost Village - $6,500,000

5. (4) Going In Style - $6,350,000

6. (16) Gifted - $3,000,000

7. (8) Get Out - $2,917,865

8. (6) Power Rangers - $2,850,000

9. (10) The Case For Christ - $2,720,000

10. (7) Kong: Skull Island - $2,670,000

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