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Fast & Furious 8 dominates the box office (and a spin-off is in the offing)


Currently leaving the blockbuster competition in the dust, Fast & Furious 8 has stormed to pole position at the global box office. Here's how well it's doing - and in case you hadn't heard, we've also got news of a potential spin-off in the works.

The numbers

It's barely been out for two weeks but the eighth Fast & Furious movie proves one thing absolute: Universal are really onto something. After all, it's one thing for a franchise to stay relevant after 16 years; it's something else to continually improve on the box office results during that time. But that's what reworking a street racing series as an automotive heist movie extravaganza will do.

According to numbers Bible Box Office Mojo, Fast & Furious 8 has already surpassed $900m at the worldwide box office - and we should reiterate, that's within less than 14 days of release. Breaking it down, it works out as $744.8m from international markets and $163.6m domestically, and its on course to be the most successful in the series to date.

Clearly the movie will be speeding over the $1 billion mark in no time at all, joining such distinguished company as its predecessor Fast 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  - Part 2.

The competition

The big question is this: what kind of box office dent will the movie ultimately make? The bar has been reset in the past decade with $2 billion hits including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and current reigning champ, Avatar. Can the movie hope to rival or even - dare we say it, exceed - those movies?

Given the aforementioned Avatar and also Titanic (both directed by James Cameron) largely earned their revenue from repeat visits (not to mention the 3D incentive on the former), all eyes will be on whether audiences will be lured back for their second and possibly third helpings of Fast & Furious 8.

The future

Most of us would agree that the real highlight of the latest Fast & Furious blockbuster was the fabulously crotchety interplay between enemies turned frenemies Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham). Having battled each other to the death in the seventh movie, this time they're compelled to work together in order to bring down the rogue Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel).

Well good news for those who couldn't get enough of the Johnson/Statham chemistry: their characters are mooted to be getting their own spin-off movie, according to Deadline. There's no more info other than that presently - writer Chris Morgan is said to be mulling ideas - but let's just take a moment and revel in the fact that a John-tham/Stath-son movie could be with us in the next few years.

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