'Fate of the Furious' wins the race at the weekend box office

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Gifted expanded to wide release and finished in sixth place with $3 million. Analysts had expected better returns in USA theaters.

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Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that movie would earn a record $532.5 million worldwide over the holiday weekend, thanks to a particularly robust showing in 63 territories, including China. Both stars steered clear of each other at the picture's NY premiere and Diesel's attempt to brush aside the reports of a beef between the actors left something to be desired. Fate of the Furious once again stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell.

The "Fate of the Furious" is an important success for the fate of Atlanta's robust film industry. The film follows the crew as they grapple with Diesel's betrayal and alliance with a mysterious hacker (Theron).

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Fox and DreamWorks Animation's "The Boss Baby" was a distant second place, bringing in $15.5 million to push the family film's domestic gross to $116.3 million.

Holding its own, however, was a re-released, extended version of the 1995 Stephen Chow comedy, A Chinese Odyssey Part 2: Cinderella (大话西游之大圣娶亲), which grossed RMB 96 million ($13.9 million). To drive demand with new fans, Universal brought in both Charlize Theron and even Dame Helen Mirren, expensive add-ons that pushed the production budget to $250 million.

Sony's Smurfs: The Lost Village continued to remain obscured, falling a steep 51 percent in its second weekend to $6.5 million for $24.7 million in North America and $94.7 million globally.

It's no shock that the film is a hit with global audiences. Opening on 1,237 screens on Wednesday (Apr. 12), the UPI release earned $10.6 million from 1.43 million admissions over first five days. It has grossed $23.4 million, almost matching its $24 million production budget. However, the latest one, "The Fate of the Furious", will double down the theme, as said on Cinemablend, especially with Dominic Torreto's (Vin Diesel) sudden shift to the dark side.

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