Universal’s ‘F9’ Shatters Pandemic-Era Opening Weekend U.S. Box Office at $70 Million

Universal Pictures’ oft-delayed summer blockbuster F9: The Fast Saga didn’t disappoint in its domestic weekend debut, generating a reported $70 million in estimated revenue across more than 4,100 screens through June 27.

The ninth installment in the “Fast & Furious” fast-car franchise was assisted by a strong Thursday “sneak” showing that brought in $7.1 million, followed by Friday haul that marked a pandemic-era record in large part due to many pandemic capacity restrictions being lifted recently across the U.S., with California rolling back its orders June 15. The movie also generated more than $5.5 million at Imax screens.

The opening weekend bested previous pandemic record holder A Quiet Place Part II, which earned $47.5 million before the latest round of restrictions eased. The Paramount Pictures sequel actually generated $10 million more ($57 million) in ticket sales in its second weekend.

The opening F9 domestic weekend still pales in comparison to the film’s China debut a month ago. F9 generated $59.1 million on its opening day in the Communist country, on its way to a $136 million opening May 21 weekend. Together with other foreign box office grosses, F9 has topped $405 million in ticket sales to date and more than $6 billion over the course of more than nine movies released in the franchise.

Overall, the weekend failed to edge out the four-day Memorial Day weekend with $97.8 million compared with $98.3 million over last month’s holiday period — the latter driven by Quiet Place 2.

The John Krasinski-helmed sequel again led supporting cast movies with $6.2 million in ticket sales, bringing its total to $248.4 million, including $136.3 million domestically. Lionsgate’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife finished  third with $4.87 million, or $31.4 million ($25.8 million domestically). Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and Disney’s Cruella rounded out the Top 5 with $4.85 million and $3.7 million, respectively. Both former chart toppers have generated global revenue of $107.8 million ($28.8 million domestically) and $183.8 million ($71.3 million), respectively.

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