The newest release of the Fast and Furious franchise, coined ‘F9: The Fast Saga’, has reportedly made over USD 70 million during its first week in the U.S. and Canada, becoming the most successful film to be released since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The sequel, which had already been launched in several overseas countries, has now grossed over USD 400 million worldwide. The film was originally slated for a release in 2020 but got pushed back due to the pandemic.
Other delayed movies include Eon Production’s James Bond film, ‘No Time To Die’, which is now scheduled for release in September.
Notably, the Fast & Furious 9 cast Diesel's Dominic Toretto character against his estranged criminal brother, portrayed by John Cena.
Cardi B, Charlize Theron, and Dame Helen Mirren also make an appearance in the film, some of which were shot in 2019, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
F9 star, John Cena was quoted saying that the Scottish capital was a great place ‘to destroy’ during the film's intense action sequences.
The movie debuted on Thursday in Ireland and the U.K., where cinemas are currently open while ensuring strict social distancing measures. Despite these restrictions, the Vin Diesel starrer made approximately USD 1.387 million on its first day of release.
Fast & Furious 9 has outstripped its nearest competition by a mile, giving much-needed comfort to North America's overwrought cinema owners.
Market experts revealed that F9 competitor, A Quiet Place Part II, took a comparatively meager USD 6.2 million during the past weekend, bringing its overall U.S. and Canada earnings to USD 136 million.
Director of Fast and Furious 9, Justin Lin, reportedly said that two more installments in the series are currently in the pipeline, and the blockbuster series ‘requires an ending’.
Starring Vin Diesel, F9 comes as the tenth installment of the series that had first launched in 2001, with the title ‘The Fast and the Furious’.