“Fast and Furious 9” breaks the Pandemic-Era Box Office Records; $70 million US Debut


Dominic Toretto and the cast have returned to theaters with a bang.

Fast and Furious 9 has shattered all previous pandemic-era box office records, and the even better news for the film industry is that its $70 million opening weekend exceeded expectations, with Universal expecting a debut of roughly $60 million.

Not only was it the first film to launch on over 4000 screens since March of 2020, but it also broke A Quiet Place Part II’s previous record of $48.3 million. Despite the impacts of COVID-19 continuing to limit capacity in cinemas across the country, Fast and Furious 9 has managed to score the greatest opening weekend gross for any film since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released in December 2019.

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Furthermore, it’s higher than the $60 million spinoffs Hobbs & Shaw made in August 2019 when there wasn’t a global health crisis to deal with, and when you factor in an international tally that’s risen beyond $335 million, the return of Dominic Toretto and his extended family will have comfortably surpassed Godzilla vs. Kong’s $443 million total to become the highest-grossing film of all time by the end of next week.

After the events of the previous year and a half, audiences have been clamoring for escape, which F9 provides in spades. The increasingly absurd series has long resided on a plane well beyond our own reality, with the crew now dangerously close to self-awareness as they blast through a series of ludicrously entertaining set pieces, including that voyage to outer space that fans have been waiting for for years.

A Quiet Place Part II, the previous record-holder, is still in second place with $6.2 million, pushing it above $136 million domestically and close to $250 million worldwide. After topping the charts last weekend, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard has slid to third, with Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway in fourth and Disney’s Cruella completing out the top five. F9, on the other hand, has the weekend to himself, with the entire family present.


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