the fast and furious 9' breaks pandemic records with a $70 million debut.



by Helvine Achieng June 29, 2021

After various delays over a year and a half, the "F9" has opened to a mighty $70 million from 4,179 North American venues, thus far the most significant start for a movie at the U.S. box office onset of COVID-19.

"F9" is the latest blockbuster-hopeful to set a new box office benchmark for COVID times. Before this weekend, Paramount's "A Quiet Place Part II" held the pandemic-era opening weekend with $48.3 million in inaugural ticket sales. In terms of "Fast" series launches, "F9" has a slight edge on the 2019 spinoff "Hobbs & Shaw," which generated $60 million and ended its theatrical run with $173 million in the U.S. and $759 million globally.

David A. Gross, who runs the movie consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research, says the inaugural weekend of "F9" is "an excellent opening in an extraordinary series."

"During the last month, moviegoing has shown flashes of real strength, including this weekend and 'A Quiet Place 2,' but it has also been tentative," Gross says. "'F9' and 'A Quiet Place 2' are the cleanest reads of what the business can do now -- both strong series and pure theatrical releases/no streaming."

"F9" has been a force with international audiences as ticket sales surpass the $300 million mark. The movie added another $38 million from 45 foreign markets, boosting its tally to $335 million internationally and $405 million globally.