Universal’s high-octane action film, Fast & Furious 9 or F9 has taken a roaring opening at box office, with a huge $162.4 million from a handful eight foreign markets, including $135.6 million from China alone.
“It shows us that audiences are willing to come back when the right movie is available,” says Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Universal’s president of international distribution.
So far, the biggest winner was Godzilla vs. Kong, which was the highest-grossing opening weekend during the pandemic but now, it looks like F9 is the new king of the pandemic box office. F9 is the first Hollywood movie to open to north of $100 million since Avengers: Endgame more than two years ago.
Here are some of the numbers from international markets –
Day 1: $59.1 Million (including midnights) 2nd biggest opening day of the pandemic behind Detective Chinatown 3. It is also the 5th highest opening day ever for any film in China.
Day 2: $47 Million
Day 3: $29.5 million
Opening day on Wednesday- $3.4 M – biggest opening day and weekend of the pandemic as well as the 3rd best opening day ever for Universal
5-day weekend – $9.9M
$2.6M – biggest opening weekend of all-time
$2.7M weekend – biggest opening day and weekend of the pandemic
$300K – a higher gross than any total market weekend during the pandemic
$8.2M is the biggest opening weekend of the pandemic
However, the film has opened to poor reviews leading to poor word of mouth and hence, the trend at box office in China is seeing a downward spiral.
“Fast and Furious 9 is sure to top Godzilla vs. Kong to become the highest-grossing Hollywood blockbuster in China since 2020, but due to its current poor word-of-mouth, it is unlikely to break the 2.67 billion yuan record set by Fast and Furious 8. It might be able to earn about 2 billion yuan in the Chinese mainland,” Xiao Fuqiu, a film critic based in Shanghai, told the Global Times on Sunday.
The latest installment in the Fast & Furious series, that’s set to open in US markets in the last week of June, debuted in 8 international markets including South Korea, Russia, Hong Kong, Russia and the Middle East, where moviegoing has rebounded from the COVID-19 crisis.