Not even John Cena‘s Taiwan controversy can stop people from watching fast cars defy physics in ways that make anyone with sense pull their hair out. F9 is the ninth entry in the Fast & the Furious franchise, and it is blowing out movie theatres at the same rate as Fleet has been blowing out assholes this Pride month. The movie has crossed $400 million in global ticket sales and in its opening weekend in the States made a whopping $70 million. Vin Diesel is going to eat well tonight! And every other night because he’s loaded, bitch.
Wonder Woman 1984, which debuted in theaters and on HBO Max last December, was the last big hit of the pandemic-era box office and its opening weekend pulled in $16.7 million. F9 was only released in theaters instead of pulling a Wonder Woman 1984 move. The Hollywood Reporter says the movie made $70 million this weekend, making it not only a post-pandemic success but also the biggest domestic opening in North America since 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. On Friday alone, the movie made $30 million across 4,179 theatres, which is the most number of theatres playing anything during the pandemic. Here are the top 5 movies of this weekend’s domestic box office:
- F9: The Fast Saga – $70 million
- A Quiet Place Part II – $6.2 million
- The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard – $4.875 million
- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – $4.850 million
- Cruella – $3.7 million
THR says that F9 also had pandemic-best openings in Mexico with $10.7 million and the UK with $8.3 million. Fast & the Furious has passed X-Men as the fifth-biggest franchise globally with $6.2 billion in earnings. The movie has been out for a while in other international markets and this weekend viewers helped it cross the $400 million mark.
Universal delayed F9 an entire year over the pandemic and it paid off for them big-time. On July 9, we’ll see if people really are ready to go back to movie theaters again because that’s when Marvel’s Black Widow comes out. Although, Black Widow is also debuting on Disney+ (for an added $30).
F9 doing so well at the box office is bad news for The Rock. He may be the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, but clearly, Vin Diesel wins the feud. I mean, his movie saved the movie industry from Coronavirus! Now the Oscars will have to nominate it!