LOS ANGELES (AP) – As the strongest sign yet that life is left in theaters, “F9” accelerated to a box office hit of $ 70 million on the first weekend, the biggest opening for a movie since the beginning of the year, according to the studio Pandemic estimates Sunday.
The ninth part of the “Fast & Furious” series with franchise regulars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, opened in theaters only and had the widest release of any movie since the coronavirus crisis began.
The domestic grand total for “F9″ from Universal Pictures exceeded the previous pandemic record of $ 48.4 million for ” A quiet place part II ” four weeks ago. It was the biggest opening of a movie since “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in December 2019.
“We couldn’t be happier to see the audience hugging the ‘Fast’ family and coming out in huge numbers to see ‘F9’,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s sales director. “The debut this weekend really sparked the domestic box office and put it on a tremendous path for the rest of the year.”
“A Quiet Place Part II” took second place, a long way off, with $ 6.2 million. But it has now made $ 136.4 million since its release. “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” took third place for $ 4.88 million.
” F9“, Whose release has been postponed several times, seems just the right weekend to open in North America, a loud, action-packed, immersive experience.
“It’s the perfect intersection between growing consumer confidence and vaccination in North America, with already-released movies creating momentum,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “I think you couldn’t have imagined a better scenario for the industry with a couple of speed bumps. “Furious 9” is really the first summer blockbuster in two years. “
“F9” made its international debut on May 19 and has since grossed more than 400 million US dollars worldwide.
Universal renounced the hybrid approach of combining theatrical and streaming releases, as Disney did earlier this year with “Cruella” and Warner Bros. with “Godzilla vs. Kong”.
It also came after most of the major theater chains eased capacity and masking restrictions significantly.
The trends suggest that Hollywood might have something resembling a regular Summer movie season, albeit one that 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.” Studios use a variety of hybrid release plans. While the time movies spend between theaters and streaming has likely shrunk permanently, the big screen is increasingly coming to the fore.
“It is a delayed start to a summer that has been a long time coming. It’s unusual for the end of June to be supposed to be the beginning of summer, but it’s better late than never, ”Dergarabedian said. “There’s a big July 4th weekend ahead, with practically every genre covered, and a week later we have Black Widow. ‘So we are on the road to recovery. “
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. If available, the current international numbers for Friday to Sunday are also included.
1. “F9”, $ 70 million ($ 334.9 million internationally).
2. A Quiet Place, Part II, $ 6.2 million ($ 112.1 million internationally).
3. The Hitman’s Wife Bodyguard, $ 4.88 million ($ 14.5 million internationally).
4. “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,” $ 4.85 million ($ 79 million internationally).
5. “Cruella,” $ 3.7 million ($ 112.5 million internationally).
6. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, $ 2.9 million ($ 101.5 million internationally).
7. “In The Heights,” $ 2.2 million ($ 5.9 million internationally).
8. “Untamed Spirit,” $ 591,917.
9. “12 Mighty Orphans,” $ 560,000.
10. “Nobody”, $ 229,000.
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