In the strongest sign yet that life is staying in theaters, “F9” hit $ 70 million at the box office in its debut weekend, the biggest opening for a movie since the start. of the pandemic, the studio estimated on Sunday.
The ninth installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise, starring franchise regulars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, has only opened in theaters and had the widest release of any movie since the start. of the coronavirus crisis.
Universal Pictures’ “F9” nationwide total surpassed the previous pandemic record of $ 48.4 million for “A Quiet Place Part II” four weeks ago. It was the biggest opening of any movie since “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in December 2019.
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“We couldn’t be happier to see the audience embracing the ‘Fast’ family and coming to see ‘F9’ in great numbers,” said Jim Orr, head of distribution for Universal. “This weekend’s debut really ignited the domestic box office and put it on a tremendous path for the rest of the year. “
“A Quiet Place Part II” came a long way in second with $ 6.2 million. But it has now earned $ 136.4 million since its release. “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” grossed $ 4.88 million in third place.
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“F9”, whose release has been repeatedly delayed, appears to have landed on just the right weekend to open in North America. It seemed like an appropriate film for the industry’s time, with a young audience keen to be in theaters for a film that emphasizes a strong, action-packed, immersive experience.
“It’s the perfect intersection of growing consumer confidence and vaccines in North America, with films that have already been released creating momentum,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “I don’t think you could have imagined a better scenario for the industry, with a few speed bumps in there. With “Furious 9” truly being the first blockbuster of the summer in two years. “
“F9” made its international debut on May 19 and has now grossed over $ 400 million worldwide.
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Universal avoided the hybrid approach of combining theatrical and streaming releases, as Disney did earlier in the year with “Cruella” and Warner Bros. did it with “Godzilla vs. Kong ”.
It also came after most of the big movie chains relaxed capacity and masking restrictions considerably.
Trends suggest Hollywood might have something akin to a regular summer movie season, even if it starts months late and won’t break any industry records.
Releases in the coming weeks include Disney and Marvel’s’ Black Widow ‘and Warner Bros.’ “The suicide squad. The studios use a variety of hybrid release plans. As the amount of time movies spend between theaters and streaming has diminished, possibly permanently, the focus is increasingly on the big screen.
“It’s a delayed start for a summer that has been slow to arrive. For the end of June to be ostensibly the start of summer is unusual, but better late than never, ”Dergarabedian said. “A big July 4th weekend is coming up, with pretty much every genre represented, and a week later we have ‘Black Widow’, so we’re on the road to recovery. “
Estimated Friday through Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. When available, the latest international issues from Friday to Sunday are also included.
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1. “F9”, $ 70 million ($ 334.9 million international).
2. “A Quiet Place Part II”, $ 6.2 million ($ 112.1 million international).
3. « The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard », 4,88 millions de dollars (14,5 millions de dollars internationaux).
4. “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,” $ 4.85 million ($ 79 million international).
5. “Cruella”, $ 3.7 million ($ 112.5 million international).
6. « The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It », 2,9 millions de dollars (101,5 millions de dollars internationaux).
7. “In The Heights,” $ 2.2 million ($ 5.9 million international).
8. “Untamed Spirit”, $ 591,917.
9. “12 Mighty Orphans”, $ 560,000.
10. “Person”, $ 229,000.