Despite a security ‘threat,’ ‘F9′ grosses more than $45 million on its first day in China.

The new installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise, “F9,” is already revving up for a box office takeover – albeit at a slower pace than previous installments. Its release does not appear to have been hampered by a security “threat” that forced Universal Pictures to cancel a major promotional event in Shanghai earlier this week.

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According to figures from ticket sales agency Maoyan, “Fast & Furious 9” handily raced to the top of the box office chart on Friday, grossing RMB231 million ($35.8 million) by 5.30 pm local time and securing an 88 percent market share. With sneak previews and midnight screenings, the total cost of the film was RMB292 million ($45.3 million). Those predicted estimates for its total China gross would make “F9” the least successful “Fast & Furious” film in nearly a decade, although being impressive by current COVID-struck standards.

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