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Fast and Furious 8 trailer drives all over Beauty and the Beast's viewing record

The Independent logo The Independent 15/12/2016 Jacob Stolworthy

The trailer for Fast & Furious 8 - brilliantly named The Fate of the Furious in the US - has been clocking up some serious views since it was released on Sunday (11 December) - so much so that it's become the fastest viewed of all time.

You may recall that last month saw the trailer for Disney's Beauty and the Beast reboot achieve the same feat. Well, it's been shunted into second after The Fate of the Furious notched up an extra three million (139 million against Beast's 127.6 million).

According to Deadline, it helps that Universal's sequel saw a "historic Times Square takeover" in which the trailer was blasted on 33 digital billboards simultaneously (that's a lot of exploding snowmobiles) as well as airing during what was the most-watched NFL game of the year.

Still, it's an impressive feat for a franchise on its eighth film.

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Production began on the latest film - the first of a final trilogy - this summer with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Tyrese Gibson all returning for what is most likely going to be more of the entertaining same. New additions include Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and, yes, Helen Mirren.

The Fate of the Furious - sadly still called Fast & Furious 8 in the UK - is directed by Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray and will be released in the UK on 14 April 2017.

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