According to Deadline, the action flick is expected to take in between $375 million and $440 million globally. That gives it a good chance of beating "Furious 7," which earned $397.7 million in 2015.
In the U.S. and Canada, the movie will be the widest pre-summer release ever at an estimated 4,304 venues. That's even bigger than "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," which opened on 4,242 screens last year. Says Deadline, it's "Universal's most ambitious worldwide distribution release in the studio's history."
This is the first film without original star Paul Walker who died in a tragic car accident in 2013. New to the franchise is Charlize Theron as villainous hacker Cipher; Helen Mirren; and Scott Eastwood as the junior agent to Kurt Russell's "Mr. Nobody." F. Gary Gray ("Staight Outta Compton") directs the movie, in which Cipher persuades Dom (Vin Diesel) to betray his close-knit group, including new bride Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).
"Fate of the Furious" opens this Friday.
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