May 23, 2021
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.
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.