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Fast and Furious 9: £50 million box office opening and a new pandemic-era record

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The franchise shows no signs of slowing down as its ninth film debuts (Picture: Universal)

Fast and Furious 9 has accelerated the hopeful recovery of cinemas by speeding to a $70 million (£50.3m) debut in the US, making it the strongest pandemic-era opening at the box office.

Not only has it taken the crown from John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place 2, which opened with $48.3m (£34.7m), but F9 has actually clocked the biggest cinematic arrival since 2019’s Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’s $90m (£64.7m) from its Thursday midnight and opening day Friday screenings.

Fast and Furious 9 opened in 4,179 North American cinemas after over a year and a half’s worth of delays as Covid-19 brought chaos to the stalled movie industry.

Appetite is clearly still strong for a franchise that is already teasing its 10th instalment, as not all American cinemas are open yet and the Canadian sector, which feeds into North American box office numbers, is significantly further behind in terms of opening.

Universal also stuck to its guns and went with a cinematic-only release for its latest action movie, rather than release the film simultaneously on streaming as many of the biggest films have been doing this year.

With its own streaming platform to use, Disney has sent Mulan, Raya and the Last Dragon and Cruella straight to streaming on Disney Plus, at an additional cost through Premier Access, as well as into cinemas, and will be doing the same for its next big Marvel release, Black Widow.

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Fast and Furious 9 has beaten spin-off Hobbs & Shaw at its box office opening (Picture: Universal)

Speaking to Variety on the success of Fast and Furious 9’s cinema opening, star Vin Diesel said: ‘I think what feels best is just the idea that people are returning to the theatrical experience. It feels good to say, “Cinema is back!”’

‘You can’t fault another studio for wanting to stream a movie, but the ones like Universal are bold enough to say, “Hey, we’re going to support the theatrical release.”

‘I take my hat off to them.’

Compared to the rest of the Fast and Furious saga, number nine has actually edged past spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, which opened to $60m (£43.1m) in 2019, and isn’t that far behind film number eight, The Fate of the Furious, which pulled in $98m (£70.4m) to begin with in 2017.


Credit: Original article published here.

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