Fast and Furious 9 (F9: Fast Saga) is contributing to restoring the international box office after the coronavirus pandemic. The ninth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise has already earned $127 million from global markets and is expected to earn more than $160 million by the end of the weekend. That allowed the film to surpass Godzilla vs. Kong, thereby becoming the highest-grossing international launch for a film since the coronavirus pandemic hit the film industries. As of now, the film is playing in eight countries, including Russia, South Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.
In China, which happens to have a leading market, Fast & Furious 9 has grossed over $105 million since opening, which is the best start for a Hollywood movie in a region since the pandemic began. It’s on its way to becoming Universal Pictures’ second-biggest opening in the market, second to none other than The Fate of the Furious. On its first weekend since launch, the film grossed $137 million in China, according to the data given by consultancy Artisan Gateway which in turn gave it an 83% share of the China weekend box office.
In Fast and Furious 9, Dominic Toretto and his crew (fast family) are seen joining forces to battle the most skilled assassin as well as driver. The film stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges a.k.a. Ludacris, John Cena, Sung Kang and others.
Justin Lin who has previously directed The Fast Saga installments such as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast and Furious 6, has returned to the franchise to direct the first of the franchise’s final three movies.
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