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Latest "Furious" film opens strongly, especially overseas

© AFP/File | Actors Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel attend the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'The Fate Of The Furious' at Radio City Music Hall on April 8, 2017 in New York City

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - 

Universal's action thriller "The Fate of the Furious" hit the ground in super-high gear this weekend, taking in $100.2 million on North American screens while roaring to record global revenues of more than a half-billion dollars, industry analysts estimated.

Exhibitor Relations said the latest chapter in Universal Studio's "Fast and Furious" series accounted for nearly two-thirds of North American revenues over the three-day Easter weekend, leaving previous frontrunner "The Boss Baby" in its dust with just $15.5 million in sales. That Fox/DreamWorks Animation film has now grossed $116.3 million domestically.

While the latest "Fast" opened strongly, the manic muscle-car-filled film -- with megastars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson -- made nearly a third less in its first weekend than the previous "Fast and Furious" chapter, which scored $147.2 million.

But the new film had an exceptionally strong performance in the rest of the world, led by China, bringing in $432.3 million. With North American sales added in, the estimated $532.5 million global debut would break the record of $529 million held by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," website BoxOfficeMojo.com reported.

"Beauty and the Beast" continued to draw viewers, earning $13.6 million in its fifth week out. The Disney blockbuster, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, has taken in $454.7 million domestically while pushing past $1 billion internationally.

The animated "Smurfs: The Lost Village" from Sony came in next at $6.5 million. That was half its opening take from a week earlier.

Holding fifth spot on North American screens was "Going in Style." The Warner Bros. comedy, starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine as aging bank robbers, had weekend sales of $6.3 million.

Rounding out the top 10 are:

"Gifted" ($3.0 million)

"Get Out" ($2.9 million)

"Power Rangers" ($2.9 million)

"The Case for Christ" ($2.7 million)

"Kong: Skull Island" ($2.7 million)

© 2017 AFP