“F9” has the box office in overdrive. The ninth installment of Universal’s ‘Fast and Furious’ action-packed franchise topped $ 500 million in global ticket sales, solidifying its place as Hollywood’s biggest theatrical success in the pandemic era .
Besides “Hi, Mom” ($ 822 million) and “Detective Chinatown 3” ($ 686 million), both of which were produced in China, “F9” is the only film to hit the $ 500 million mark. since 2019. “Godzilla vs. Kong”, the Warner Bros. tent pole. released in April was the closest to hitting half a billion dollars, but revenue from the monster mashup has stagnated at $ 446 million worldwide. It’s always a good result considering that “Godzilla vs. Kong” opened simultaneously in the US on HBO Max.
After a delayed summer season, the movie industry is encouraged by theatrical assembly for “F9”. Although attendance around the world has not returned to pre-pandemic levels and many films are struggling to sell tickets, the turnout at “F9” proved that audiences would show up at their multiplex. local – for the right movie.
Since arriving in North America on June 25, national ticket sales for “F9” have reached $ 123 million, the second-best box office gain since the start of COVID-19. Paramount Pictures’ thriller “A Quiet Place Part II”, which debuted a week before “F9”, currently holds the title of highest grossing film of the year in the United States with $ 145 million in revenue. Still, “F9” broke (pandemic) records on its box office debut, raising $ 70 million in its inaugural big screen release.
At the international box office, “F9” raised $ 374 million in 50 foreign markets. The film was particularly successful in China, with ticket sales in the country reaching $ 203 million. Other notable territories include South Korea ($ 19.3 million), Russia ($ 18 million) and Mexico ($ 10.9 million).
Despite its box office firepower, “F9” is expected to fall short of its franchise predecessors given the restrictions of the COVID era. While that isn’t catastrophic, it’s not ideal for the studio which paid $ 200 million to produce the film and many more to market and promote the property globally. As for the “Fast” franchise, “F9” is set to end its theatrical release closer to the 2019 spin-off “Hobbs & Shaw,” which ultimately totaled $ 173 million in the US and $ 759 million. in the world. The most recent films in the main series – “Fate of the Furious” of 2017 and “Furious 7” of 2015 – have been massive commercial successes with grossings reaching $ 1.2 billion worldwide and $ 1.5 billion respectively. billion dollars in the world.
Directed by franchise veteran Justin Lin and starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and John Cena, “F9” sees former street racer Dominic Toretto living peacefully off the grid with his family. Their serenity is quickly shattered when he is forced to muster his crew to stop a heartbreaking plot by a skilled assassin and high performance pilot – who also happens to be Dom’s brother. Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris complete the cast.