Universal’s ‘F9’ Portends Box Office Glory Return With $162 Million Foreign Opening Weekend

The movie blockbuster has returned. Universal Pictures’ latest installment in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, F9, roared to a $162 million opening weekend box office May 21-23 in eight countries outside the United States — including $135 million in China. The tally helped send the franchise pass the $6 billion global revenue mark. The car-themed action movie is slated to open in the U.S. June 25.

Meanwhile, in the States the pandemic-related malaise continues awaiting the upcoming Memorial Day and summer movie slate with the launches of Disney’s Cruella and Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place Part I, among others.

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Lionsgate’s horror release Spiral: From the Book of Saw topped domestic screens for the second consecutive weekend, generating $4.5 million across more than 2,900 screens, and $15.8 million since its debut 10 days ago.

MGM/ United Artists’ actioner Wrath of Man, starring Jason Statham, generated $2.9 million in ticket sales, $18.8 million since its debut three weeks ago. Angelina Jolie-starrer Those Who Wish Me Dead generated $1.8 million, bringing its 10-day box office to $5.5 million. The movie is also streaming for free to subscribers on HBO Max. Former weekend box office chart toppers, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Godzilla vs. Kong, generated $1.6 million and $1.3 million, respectively.

Notably, Funimation’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train tallied $1.33 million, helping the Japanese movie become the No. 2 anime release in the U.S. all-time after Pokémon with $43.9 million.

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Debuts Atop Home Video Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Nov. 9.

The action film earned $173.8 million at the domestic box office. The ninth film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise is a spinoff featuring the characters of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham teaming up against a bio-engineered supervillain played by Idris Elba.

Disney’s photorealistic remake of The Lion King slipped to No. 2 on both charts after two weeks in the top spot.

Another Disney film, Pixar’s Toy Story 4, was No. 3 on both charts.

Coming in at No. 4 on both charts was another newcomer, the horror film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, from Lionsgate. It earned $69 million in U.S. theaters.

The No. 5 overall disc seller was Yellowstone: Season 2, from Paramount. The show stars Kevin Costner as a rancher. It was the No. 14 Blu-ray seller.

The No. 5 Blu-ray was Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Other new releases in the top 20 include Fox’s The Art of Racing in the Rain at No. 7 (No. 8 on the Blu-ray list), Warner’s The Kitchen at No. 9 (No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart), and BBC Studios’ disc of the Amazon miniseries Good Omens at No. 16 (No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart).

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 57% of Hobbs & Shaw first-week sales, with 12% of the overall tally attributed to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. For Scary Stories, Blu-ray comprised 59% of unit sales, with 17% from UHD Blu-ray.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 10 also had Hobbs & Shaw in the top spot, with Lion King sliding to No. 2.

Scary Stories debuted as the No. 3 rental, with The Kitchen at No. 4, and Toy Story 4 at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 11-9-19
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 11-10-19
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 11-9-19
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 11-9-19
Sales Report for Week Ended 11-9-19
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 11-11-19

Merchandising: ‘Fast & Furious’ Titles on Sale

In advance of the Aug. 2 theatrical release of the “Fast & Furious” spinoff film Hobbs & Shaw, Best Buy offered previous Blu-rays in the franchise for sale for as a low as $6.99 each.

It was one of many sales Best Buy offered for the July 30 new-release week in lieu of exclusives tied to any of the titles from an otherwise modest slate of newcomers.

Among other Best Buy promotions, the chain touted preorders for its upcoming Steelbook editions of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays of Disney’s live-action The Lion King and Aladdin remakes, at $34.99 each.

Other deals included a selection of Fox 4K Ultra HD movies at two for $20 or $14.99 each; 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays of “Harry Potter” movies at $17.99 each; a selection of action-adventure Blu-ray movies at $4.99 each; and some horror Blu-rays starting at $5.99.

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Target stores offered a 20% discount off the purchase of Nickelodeon DVDs.