Universal's 'F9, The Fast Saga' rules American box office

Universal's 'F9, The Fast Saga' rules American box office

Universal’s new “F9: The Fast Saga” not only left behind all other films in North American theatres over this weekend but it also pushed them with an estimated $70 million business, according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

Due to the persistent appeal of fast cars and muscle-bound men, this ninth chapter in the “Fast and Furious” franchise has achieved the ‘biggest money-maker title since the Covid-19 pandemic began, despite many theatres in the US and Canada remain shuttered. Ticket sales overseas have crossed $300 million.

It is enough to say that Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and John Cena have to deal with electromagnetic weapons, rocket cars, and ominous satellites besides plane crashes, exploding cars, and private armies.

At the second position, was Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II,” with a $6.2 million for the three-day weekend. The horror film directed by John Krasinski with starring his wife Emily Blunt has still shown persistent power. It has taken in $136 million locally and $112 million overseas since its release five weeks back.

“The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” from Lionsgate was in third place, at $4.88 million. The movie is an ‘action comedy’ which has Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek, and Samuel L. Jackson repeating their roles from 2017’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.”

At the fourth position, down one point from last weekend, was Sony’s “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,” at $4.85 million. Comprised of a combination of live-action/animation, James Corden has voiced the title role, with live performances by Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, and David Oyelowo.

And finally, in fifth place was Disney’s family-friendly film “Cruella,” at $3.7 million. ‘Emma Stone’ plays the tormenting title villain.

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David Gross, who runs movie consulting firm ‘Franchise Entertainment Research’ when asked about Hollywood’s emerging recovery, stated “The industry is still in settling phase” after its almost 15-month shutdown, “The impact of the pandemic will require time to heal, but it’s getting normal in coming days.”