“Fast & Furious” film posts the highest domestic opening in 18 months
Universal’s “F9” is bringing audiences back to theaters. After earning $30 million on Friday to post the highest single-day total for a film since the pandemic began, the “Fast & Furious” film has earned the highest opening weekend the U.S. box office has seen in 18 months with $70 million from 4,178 screens.
Not only does that top the $47.5 million 3-day opening of “A Quiet Place — Part II” and the $60 million opening of the “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbs & Shaw,” but it also tops the openings of all the 2020 films that became hits before the pandemic, including the $62.5 million start for “Bad Boys for Life.” The $5.5 million grossed by “F9” on IMAX screens is the highest domestic weekend total for the format since “Bad Boys for Life” launched in January 2020.
Overseas, the film opened in Mexico, U.K., Ireland, Central America, and Norway, earning post-pandemic opening day and weekend records in all those markets. Globally, the film has grossed $108 million, bringing the film to $405 million and putting it on course to become the first Hollywood film since “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” to gross over $500 million worldwide.
Reception for the film has been solid with a 60% critics score and 84% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ on CinemaScore — a step below the A- given to “Hobbs & Shaw.” Also worth noting is the film’s demographics, continuing the “Fast & Furious” franchise’s track record of bringing in diverse audiences. While Latino audiences outside of New York and Los Angeles largely skipped the Latino-heavy “In the Heights,” they were the top ethnicity for “F9” this weekend with 37% of the audience compared to 35% white, 16% Black and 8% Asian. 60% of the audience is male with 61% fitting in the 18-34 age demographic.
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