Highest pandemic opening weekend box office for F9 with $70 million in receipts


The latest Fast and Furious film in the franchise — F9 opened this summer as a huge box office hit. The film earned $70 million in box office receipts in its opening weekend. This is the highest tally in the coronavirus pandemic since 2019 and justifies Universal’s decision to move the opening date to June 2021. As a large number of theaters in North America opened due to a loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, people flocked to watch the movie on large screens, swelling profits.


The Fast and Furious film – F9: The Fast Saga also earned $37.9 million in international ticket sales. The movie has now earned more than $405 after its debut including its revenues outside America and Canada, in the month of May.


The movie continues to enthrall viewers who love the franchise with the following stars in F9


  • Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto
  • Jon Cena as Jakob Toretto
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz
  • Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce
  • Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto
  • Charlize Theron as Cipher
  • Ludacris as Tej Parker


According to data from Comscore, 80 percent of the theaters were open this weekend. The movie was available only in theaters and will be streamed at a later data. As vaccination rates have risen and COVID-19 cases are declining, audiences are returning to theaters. The big screen experience is back in favor and bodes well for future releases.



Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore said that the future looks bright for other big film releases in the coming weeks and months.


Recent releases and previous box office holders that have had good box office collections in April and May include


  • A Quiet Place – less than $50 million in ticket sales in May
  • Cruella — $37.4 in May
  • Godzilla vs Kong — $32.2 million in its first weekend in April


The Fast and Furious franchise films have always been very popular and had huge box office tallies in the past. What is special about F9 is that it has brought back moviegoers to the theater to witness the fast and furious action on big screens, similar to what used to happen during pre-pandemic times. The box office success bring hope and optimism to a beleaguered movie industry that faced a lot of economic slowdowns due to the pandemic.

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