“F9: The Fast Saga,” the ninth film in the action franchise starring Vin Diesel, grossed around $ 70 million when it opened in North America this weekend, according to film studio, Universal.
That number not only exceeded expectations, but it is the biggest box office debut since “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in 2019.
The film also had a bigger opening weekend than the franchise’s previous release, “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” a spin-off that hit $ 60 million in 2019. So even While “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in the series, made $ 98 million in 2017, the numbers for “F9” are pretty solid, even on pre-pandemic measurements.
The Big Weekend also adds to the film’s already strong global reach. “F9” has now earned $ 405 million worldwide since opening internationally last month.
The opening of “F9” is also another success for the Fast & Furious franchise, which is one of the most popular brands in all of cinema. The series has amassed over $ 6 billion worldwide.
In short, this weekend was a victory for the cinemas.
The release of “F9” has been repeatedly delayed due to Covid-19. In fact, Universal wasted no time putting away the film, which was originally slated for release in May 2020, as soon as the pandemic struck. The movement was unpopular at the time.
« [Theaters] were pretty mad at us because they thought we were overreacting. Even people inside the company thought we were a little crazy doing it, ”Donna Langley, president of Universal’s filmed entertainment group, told CNN Business in December. But we just felt it was better to predict the worst and hope for the best. “
“Of course, now 2020 – pardon the pun – looking back… that was the best decision we could have made,” Langley added.
Obviously, while the opening of “F9” is good news, all things considered, the theater industry still has a long way to go before it achieves some sort of normalcy. But that’s why the film’s strong debut is so important: it’s another step in the right direction.
So what’s the next step? Theaters will see if the buzz around “F9” results in an increase in foot traffic for the July 4th holiday – a weekend historically known for the movies.
After that, Marvel’s “Black Widow” hits theaters and on Disney + on July 9. In case you just landed on this planet, Marvel Studios is the most popular blockbuster brand in the film industry, so that’s great news for theaters.
The big question in Hollywood is whether or not the momentum holds up at the box office. No one is sure of the answer. But theaters couldn’t ask for better marquee lineup over the next few weeks than a vengeful Marvel superhero and the Fast & Furious family.