'Fate of the Furious' opens at S$742 million, the biggest global box office to date

(L-R): Actors Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuell, Vin Diesel and Ludacris attend the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'The Fate Of The Furious' at Radio City Music Hall

Here's a fun piece of trivia: The Fate of the Furious made more money than the nine other movies behind it in the weekend box office Top 10.

Or how about this one: based on current estimates, The Fate of the Furious is the owner of the biggest worldwide box office opening of all time, with US$532.5 million(S$742 million). It comes in just ahead of previous record-holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened in 2015 with US$529 million.

In the United States, Universal's latest physics-mocking instalment in a series about fast cars and hand-operated torpedoes comes to an estimated US$100.2 million. Assuming that number holds, it's enough for the second-biggest opening in franchise history.

Furious 7, which marked the late series stalwart Paul Walker's final Fast appearance, beats Fate by a wide margin. The 2015 release, which also opened in April, picked up US$147.2 million in its first three days.

The Fate of the Furious is also eyeing yet another big record. It's currently poised to exit the weekend as the third-highest April opening of all time, behind Furious 7 at #1 and Disney's live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book (US$103.3 million) at #2.

Two others from the series - Fast Five (2011, US$86.2 million opening) and Fast & Furious (2009, US$71 million opening) - are also April hits. Both place in the month's Top 10 for all-time box office openings, at #5 and #6, respectively.

In other words: The Fate of the Furious is an historically massive hit, and the series as a whole continues to prove itself as one of the most bankable blockbusters in Hollywood.

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