Latest “Furious” film opens strongly, especially overseas

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 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)

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  1. Avatar Tobius Otieno Osuga January 19th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    People should STOP blame game on Raila but blame the returning officer. I’m sure Mr.Oduol has carried the day in Siaya.

  2. Avatar Duncan Muchina January 19th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Who’s blaming Tinga? Tell us more!

  3. Avatar solomon January 20th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    The constitution of Kenya is very
    clear on the rights of every Kenyans freedom and protects all from
    discrimination, thus I find the Odingas right to enjoy all the benefits of the
    constitution, they have a moral duty to protect
    and propagate the majority Kenyan dream of their kin. I will again admit
    as below on the bills of rights;

    27.(1) Every person is equal before
    the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law.

    (2) Equality includes the full and
    equal enjoyment of all rights and fundamental freedoms.

    27.(1) Every person is equal before
    the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law.

    (2) Equality includes the full and
    equal enjoyment of all rights and fundamental freedoms.

    (4) The State shall not discriminate
    directly or indirectly against any person on any ground, including race, sex,
    pregnancy, marital status, health status, ethnic or social origin, colour, age,
    disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, dress, language or birth.

    (5) A person shall not discriminate
    directly or indirectly against another person on any of the grounds specified
    or contemplated in clause (4).

    The moral responsibility I am addressing
    is not that articulated in the constitution, it articulated in our societal
    values and our hearts, and also it’s a social attribute towards the Kenyan
    society, where the other Odinga’s should
    portray themselves as a generous and non-greedy society of a family. It looks clumsy
    and irresponsible for a member of the families to want to control majority
    elective position in a Nyanza area, it not prudent at all. It projects a bad
    image for their son Raila. The sister’s and Oburu’s lack of realization like
    Hon. Fred Ngumo , it is a sign of misuse of family glory privileges, lack of
    environmental assessment and portrays pride in their candidature, to honestly

    If we Kenyans are investing in
    Raila, why doesn’t the family lead in massive campaign in the background as the
    elected presidential campaign team does its job? What I expected was the family
    to have vibrantly initiated its own well-articulated professional diplomatic campaign
    program to popularize Raila, if prudency was to dwell. The days when a wife or
    son or brother or maybe cousin to a big man bulldozed their way is totally gone,
    the days when a relative scavenged their family big man glory are gone, it’s
    now the main man’s life and his own glory to watch. On the centrally we are
    living in the days where primitive misuse of
    authoritative privileges is likely to affect any potential leaders campaign,
    also the leader can no longer protect any derogative action of their kins, but they
    have face the full force of the law as separate individual. The Odinga’s should
    have taken a role in marketing, mobilization of campaign materials, logistics e.g.
    security and ramps if they haven’t organized anything as a family.

    I totally find it morally wrong for the other Odinga’s
    to try and play totally a spoiling role on Raila’s Kenyan dream. We as Kenyans
    are trying to fight the regionalization of presidency and make it a national
    asset and a national position worth and a national position accessible by any
    Kenyan of any tribe, wealth level and any family integrity background as long
    as you qualify. Raila is being voted the next President by Kenyans as a leader
    not a family due his prime participation on the delivery of the new
    constitution, facilitation of multiparty freedom, facilitation of massive infrastructure
    development under his office and consistency in maturity principal’s vision and
    mission for these country. I don’t expect Kenyan of the new constitutional dispensation
    mentalities to recycle family into presidency as if they are their peculiar
    preserve, or propagate a scenario where a particular family presence make Kenya
    relevant, NEVER.

    All Kenya’s have totally equal rights, none is superior
    to the other, all Kenyans have a moral responsibility to each other and not to
    particular families and last but not least all Kenyan enjoy equal supremacy
    under the law and no one is above the law. (unless one personally or as a group
    suffers from perpetual servant hood syndrome or inferiority mentality syndrome
    or pathetically suffer from self-inflicted inferiority)

  4. Avatar Bella Opella January 21st, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Oduol should respect the verdict of the people. The returning officer has spoken


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