Latest Fast And The Furious movie races past billion dollars mark

The Fate Of The Furious is currently the top film in America.
The Fate Of The Furious is currently the top film in America.

The latest Fast And The Furious film has raced past the one billion US dollar (£770 million) mark at the global box office.

The eighth instalment of the high-octane franchise starring Vin Diesel – entitled The Fate Of The Furious – is the second movie to reach the milestone this year, after Disney’s Beauty And The Beast.

Approximately 30 films have made a billion dollars worldwide, including blockbusters Avatar, Titanic and Frozen.

The Fate Of The Furious has already beaten Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World to the biggest worldwide debut of all time, after taking 532 million dollars (£410.7 million) when it opened.

The Universal Pictures release is top of the US box office for the third week in a row after adding another 19.4 million (£14.9 million) to its tally.

Its predecessor, Furious 7, also made more than a billion dollars.

There was additional interest in that film due to the death of actor Paul Walker, who played cop turned street racer Brian O’Conner.

Paul Walker
Paul Walker died in 2013 (Ian West/PA)

He died in a car crash in 2013 while the film was still in production.

Universal Pictures is planning two more movies in the franchise, which has earned an estimated 4.4 billion dollars (£3.5 billion) globally.