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‘Fate of the Furious’ hits $1B globally

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NEW YORK — A South India sensation, a Hispanic- focused comedy and the highest- grossing film ever directed by an African American made up the top three films in North America on a culturally diverse box office weekend.

It was another runaway weekend for “The Fate of the Furious,” which took No. 1 for the third straight week with $19.4 million. The Universal Pictures release also throttled past $1 billion globally, and passed its predecessor, “Furious 7,” to become the highest- grossing imported film in China with $361 million.

The “Fast and the Furious” franchise, the latest of which is helmed by F. Gary Gray, has always been held up as a model of the diverse blockbuster, given its cast led by Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. But the smaller films that trailed it — “How to Be a Latin Lover,” and “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” — reflected the box-office might of often underserved audiences.

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