“F9: The Fast Saga,” the latest instalment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, has begun opening in select global markets this week and the results so far are encouraging.
On Friday, the film raced to the top of China’s box office chart and grossed $59.1 million by the end of opening day. It’s estimated the film will hit $162 million over the three-day opening weekend and $337 million over the full course of its run in that country.
If it hits that total gross it’s highly impressive by recent pandemic filmgoing standards, though shy of the just over $390 million grosses the last two films each hauled in.
Universal Pictures also hit a snag with the film earlier this week, cancelling a major Shanghai press conference due to an unspecified safety threat – one big enough to be reported to local law enforcement.
In the U.S., online ticket retailer Fandango revealed that advance ticket sale stats for the long-awaited “A Quiet Place Part II” next Friday are strong and industry estimates have pegged the film as pulling in around $40-50 million over the four-day Memorial Day holiday.
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