The Fate of the Furious tops $900 million worldwide

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The eighth movie in the ever-growing and ever-loudening Fast and the Furious saga, is already an unquestioned box office success; when it opened the weekend of April 14 it pulled in $532 million worldwide, breaking the record set in 2015 by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The new competition didn't stand a chance against the high-octane film, which had the biggest worldwide opening of all time last weekend.

Disney's animal documentary "Born in China" earned 5.1 million US dollars to open in fourth place.

Two more minor films also opened in theaters this weekend, too: Phoenix Forgotten ($2 million opener from 1,592 theaters), and Free Fire ($1 million from 1,070 theaters). "It just didn't resonate with our intended audience", said Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein.

"The film has been an absolute monster internationally where it has truly become a box office phenomenon as it approaches the one billion USA dollars mark worldwide after just two weeks in theaters", comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Xinhua.

"The Fate of the Furious" is flexing at the global box office.

In its fourth frame, Fox's "The Boss Baby" will bottle up $12.8 million from 3,697 locations, putting it in second place behind "Fate".

If there's any solace, it is that the film only cost $12 million to make. The filmmakers say the movie has succeeded in raising awareness about the Armenian genocide regardless of its box-office performance, and that a $20 million donation will help create The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law.

Holdovers dominated the charts on this quiet weekend in theaters.

This image released by Open Road Films shows Oscar Isaac, left, and Charlotte Le Bon in a scene from "The Promise".

Celebrities from Kim Kardashian West to Cher promoted the film on social media.

"It was a tough weekend in general for the newcomers", Dergarabedian said, noting that many moviegoers are likely saving up for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", which hits theaters May 5. The movie has yet to see foreign release sales, but it's a safe bet The Promise will wind up one of 2017's bigger box office sinkers.

"Fate" brought in an estimated $38.7 million in the US and Canada, falling below analyst expectations of $45 million to $50 million.

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