F9: Record-Breaking Box Office $68 million weekend box office start, a pandemic-era record for North America, and the largest domestic opening since December 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
On Friday, the 9th part of the Fast and Furious franchise grossed a massive $30 million from 4,179 cinemas throughout North America. As more and more theatres reopen, this is the most number of screenings for any film in recent months. The total includes $7.1 million in previews, which is a single-day record for the epidemic period.
F9 will greatly beat the $60 million domestic debut of 2019 spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, but it will fall short of The Fate of the Furious’ $98.8 million debuts in 2017, highlighting the fragile nature of the box office rebound. The most significant test cases for the comeback are Universal’s all-audience tentpole, followed by Disney and Marvel Studios’ superhero offering Black Widow (July 9). F9 is an exclusive theatrical release that will be accessible on premium VOD in around six weeks, whereas Black Widow will be released simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+ Premier Access for $30.
The ninth instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise is directed by Justin Lin, a franchise veteran. F9 earned a B+ CinemaScore and garnered excellent ratings in exit polls conducted by PostTrak.
F9 follows in the tradition of the series, which has always had an ethnically varied following. Caucasians made up 33% of Friday ticket purchases, followed by Latinos (31%), Blacks (22%), and Asian/Native American/Other (2%). (14 percent).
F9 has already shattered worldwide records, grossing $300 million in 23 regions. With $6.2 billion in sales over the weekend, the brand surpassed the X-Men property to become the fifth-largest franchise in the world. F9’s worldwide expansion will continue over the summer, and there are still a number of significant regions to launch (including the U.K. this weekend).
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, and Sung Kang return to the cast of F9, which also includes Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron. Cardi B appears as a new series character, and Reggaeton star Ozuna makes a cameo appearance.
After collecting $57.1 million during the long Memorial Day weekend, including $47.5 million for the three-day weekend, Paramount’s horror-thriller A Quiet Place Part II — which is also showing only in theatres for a limited time — currently holds the record for a pandemic-era debut. With a current global total of more than $225 million, the picture is an unequivocal success.
Quiet Place II, on the other hand, is a low-budget genre film, not a big-budget blockbuster like F9.