'Fate of the Furious' on track for biggest global opening ever

Fate Of The Furious raced to the screens on Thursday with preview show on Wednesday. The opening day box office of $65.6 million (451.6M RMB) has set the record for the biggest single day ever at the Chinese box office.

Fans are turning out in record numbers around the world to see The Fate of the Furious, as Friday's global gross brought in $112.1 million to Universal Pictures, the highest-grossing Friday of all time for the film studio. By contrast, the domestic launch for "The Fate of the Furious" is the 38th largest of all time, trailing Illumination-Universal's "The Secret Life of Pets" at $104.4 million.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens holds the current worldwide opening weekend box office record, also set in 2015 at $529 million. The lauded director helms Fate of the Furious, the latest installment of the Fast & Furious flicks, speeding into theaters Friday (April 14).

The film is now projected to finish with about $103.8 million for its opening weekend. That film added an estimated $5 million to its total Friday, enough to place it in third heading into the weekend.

Variety reports that Fate Of The Furious may be the second highest launch in the series' history but may find it hard to beat the earnings of its predecessor Fast 7, which opened to almost $147.2 million.

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