And movies that are more recognizably American don't play as well there. According to Forbes, Furious 8, the latest offering from the billion-dollar series, opened with a whopping $100 million in the United States and $432 million overseas, making it the highest grossing opening weekend-based on domestic and global box office takes-EVER.
"Fate" also broke box office records for bringing in the biggest worldwide opening in movie history.
"Fate of the Furious" will have China to thank for a chunk of its haul.
Starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez, the rip-roaring action-packed flick sold 1.06 million tickets at 1,467 screens in Korea from Friday to Sunday, raking in 9.1 billion won ($8 million).More news: Petersburg metro bombing suspect detained by Russian police
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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. While that is far from being a record for the Fast and Furious franchise - its predecessor generated $140 million in the U.S. in a comparable period - the clincher has been the film's performance in China. where it has generated an astonishing $190 million in three days in cinemas.
Apart from the ensemble cast of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren, Academy Award victor Charlize Theron features as a fierce villain named Cipher, who has the technology to hack into the world's computerized cars in this 8th installment of action franchise film.
No other movie in history has ever taken in that much in an opening weekend. Here, the previous record holder was "Jurassic World" with $316.7 million collection at the opening day. Opening weekend figures for "The Force Awakens", however, do not include China because it didn't open in that country until three weeks after it premiered everywhere else.
The newest film in the Fast and the Furious franchise is a global hit.