'The Fate of the Furious' laps new films at box office

Following its record-breaking debut last week, the adrenaline-fueled vehicle flick (and the eighth installment in the popular Universal action series) pulled in an estimated $38.7 million at the domestic box office, still managing to secure a first place finish despite the (expected) 61 percent drop in earnings - and marking yet another significant decrease in the franchise: Furious 7 earned $73 million in its second week alone.

"Fate of the Furious" now has an estimated ten-day total of $163.6 million, nearly the same amount the film made overseas this weekend. It's already made a profit, surpassing its budget of $250 million easily. The film is released in 63 territories, in addition to the United States and Canada.

What a weird weekend at the box office!

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

Last week, The Fate of the Furious took in a stunning $532 million globally, beating out Stars Wars: The Force Awakens for the biggest opening of a film worldwide.

James Gray's The Lost City of Z enjoyed success in limited release last weekend, but only just made the top ten with an expansion to just over 600 locations.

And completing the top five list is Going In Style, which continues to perform steadily among its older target audience, remaining in fifth place for the second week in a row as it earns an estimated $5 million in its third week.

Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast live-action remake remains in the third-place spot at the box office. Box office newcomers "Unforgettable" and "The Promise" both tanked, making less than $9 million in their opening weekends - combined.

"The Fate of the Furious" is racing to defend its title at the top of the box office, while a number of new releases including "The Promise" and "Unforgettable" are being left in the dust.

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game - and the rest of the crew has been exonerated - the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life.

The Fate of the Furious is now playing in theaters.