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Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Marvel has another smash hit on its hands. After a strong $101 million opening last week from a few international territories, the full-blown theatrical opening weekend force of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” smashed the box office doors wide open and went interstellar. Domestically, ‘Guardians 2’ soared to an incredible $145 million debut, the 17th best opening weekend gross ever. That’s a massive 53.7% jump from the $94 million ‘Guardians 1’ opened to in 2014. Continue reading ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’ Goes Interstellar; $427 Million Worldwide After Massive U.S. Opening Weekend [Box Office] at The Playlist.

What a strange, but heartening weekend at the box office. There wasn’t much going on in terms of new releases, at least so we thought. The biggest, buzziest film in release, “The Circle,” with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson was killed by critics just days before its release and so everyone assumed (correctly) that the picture would end up a box office turkey (pretty much the case). Continue reading ‘Furious 8’ Hits $1 Billion, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Shines Overseas [Box Office] at The Playlist.

The fastest film to reach $1 billion ever? That distinction goes to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which hit the mark in all of 12 days. “The Fate Of The Furious” isn’t quite there yet, but revving to a $908 million haul in 10 days is still super impressive. So yes, in case you were wondering “The Fate Of The Furious” is the number one movie in the country yet again, but the real story is being told overseas. Continue reading ‘Fast & Furious 8’ Hits $900 Million Worldwide In Just Two Week, Repeats #1 Spot [Box Office] at The Playlist.

By far, the most surprising strength of “The Fate of the Furious” was the off-the-chart chemistry between professional tough guys Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. Not only did the two men steal every scene they appeared in together – allegedly causing Vin Diesel to force Universal Pictures to remove their post-credits stinger clip from the movie – they also seemed to hint at a relationship that could expand beyond the main stories of the ‘Fast and the Furious‘ franchise. Continue reading Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s ‘Fast and the Furious’ Characters Are Getting Their Own Movie at The Playlist.

Back in September 2015, Vin Diesel surprised everyone — perhaps for very different reasons — by saying that the ‘Fast and the Furious‘ franchise would be ending after 10 films. “Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision,” Diesel wrote on Facebook at the time, noting that he had promised the studio “one last Trilogy to end the saga.” While “The Fate of the Furious” may be the eighth film in the franchise, given Diesel’s comments, it’s probably better to think of it as the first movie in a brand new trilogy. Continue reading The ‘Fast and the Furious’ Producers Already Know How The Franchise Will End at The Playlist.

Welcome back to another episode of The Playlist Podcast. On this episode, I’m joined by Bingeworthy host Kimber Myers and Adjust Your Tracking co-host Joe von Appen to discuss “The Fast and the Furious” franchise. “The Fate of the Furious” – the eighth entry into the 16-year-old series – had the biggest worldwide box office opening this past weekend, but we start our discussion with the series’ humble beginnings as a B-movie “Point Break” knockoff before it turned into blue-collar “Mission: Impossible.” We discuss the series as a whole, give our thoughts on the latest entry, and speculate on where the series should (or shouldn’t) go from here. Continue reading ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ Ignites The Box Office, But How Did We Get Here? [Podcast] at The Playlist.

This weekend sees the final episode of “Feud,” which stars Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange as Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford respectively, as they scheme and catfight their way through the filming of “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?” It also sees the second weekend of “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth ‘Fast and the Furious‘ film which stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, who reportedly fell out on set due to Diesel being a “candy ass” (Johnson’s words). Continue reading 20 Great Movie Star Feuds & The Films That Spawned Them at The Playlist.

Sorry, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” you are now no longer the record holder for the biggest worldwide opening weekend ever. That distinction goes to “The Fate Of The Furious” which exploded with a massive $532.4 million opening, cracking ‘The Force Awakens’ record by about $3 million. ‘Furious 8’ also decimated the international opening weekend record previously held by “Jurassic World.” Universal’s dinosaur movie smashed open with $316.7 million in 2015 and “Fate Of The Furious” destroyed that figure by over $100 million, landing with a tremendous $432.3 million overseas opening thanks to an insane $190 million debut in China — the largest three-day opening weekend of all-time in China. Continue reading ‘Fate Of The Furious’ Explodes With $530 Million; Breaks Record For Biggest Worldwide Opening Ever at The Playlist.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. But don’t worry, we got you. Here’s a quick round-up of the week’s highlights in case you possibly missed them. “20 Great Actors & The Roles They Probably Just Did For The Money” There comes a time in an actor’s career when one has to swallow their pride to get the dough for their second summer house or their child’s tuition. Continue reading Quick & Dirty: Top Ten Stories You Might Have Missed at The Playlist.

If you were one of the people who saw “The Fate of the Furious” on Thursday night, you probably found yourself on Google during the closing credits, trying to figure out whether the film had a credits scene that would tease “The Fast and the Furious 9.” The fact that there isn’t a stinger for the film might’ve come as a surprise to long-time fans of the franchise, but here’s another shocker for you: the film did originally have a post-credits sequence, but Vin Diesel cut it. Continue reading An “Enraged” Vin Diesel Reportedly Cut A Post-Credits Sequence From ‘The Fate of the Furious’ at The Playlist.