The latest Fast and Furious movie roared past expectations to deliver a box office milestone.
The box office passed the first major test of the post-pandemic movie season, with F9 delivering a gigantic opening weekend. Even with restrictions in place across the country and 20% of theaters still closed, the newest Fast and Furious film set records and matched up well against other entries in the series. While there is still a long way to go to for the theater industry to fully recover, this big weekend is a welcome sign.
This Week in Box Office History
The box office was up 120%, raking in just under 100 million dollars across all films. The lion’s share of that haul was thanks to F9, which shattered pandemic records with a 70 million dollar opening. Not only is that the highest single grossing film since the start of the pandemic, it’s the highest grossing debut since Star Wars Rise of Skywalker, going all the way back to 2019!
The overall box office was in good shape, passing even Memorial day for total earnings. You have to go all the way back to the first week of March 2020 to see higher earnings. It will be a test to see if newcomers like The Forever Purge and Boss Baby 2 can keep the momentum up, but for at least one weekend, the box office looks healthy, with eight films finishing north of the one million dollar mark.
Top Film One Year Ago: Becky.
Top Film Ten Years Ago: Transformers – Dark of the Moon.
Top Film 30 Years Ago: The Naked Gun 2 1/2 – The Smell of Fear.
Top Three Films.
The math is easy this weekend, with The Fast Saga’s 70 million dollars representing 70% of total ticket sales. That total was easily enough to take the top spot, and it stacks up respectably with the rest of the franchise. It’s nearly identical to the haul of Fast & Furious, the fourth installment which solidified the series. It is also ten million dollars better than the spinoff series, Hobbes & Shaw, which grossed 60 million dollars on debut back in 2019.
A Quiet Place 2 finished in a distant second, pulling down 6 million dollars. The film continues to earn well, taking in a total of 136 million dollars so far over its run, cementing its position as the top grossing film of 2021 to date.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard rounds out the top three. It pulled down just under 5 million dollars in its second weekend of release, bringing its domestic total to 25 million dollars so far.
F9 cleared out any traffic, knocking any new release challengers right out of the top ten. The closest competitor was Werewolves Within, which premiered in eleventh place on just 270 screens. IFC had been scoring well with their pandemic horror films, but Werewolves was just no match for the Fast and Furious crew.
Top Ten Films