Box Office: ‘F9’ Zooms to Mighty $70 Million Debut, Shattering Pandemic Records

The only thing stronger than family? The box office debut of “F9,” the latest entry in Universal’s “Fast & Furious” saga.After many delays over the course of a year and a half, “F9” opened to a mighty $70 million from 4,179 North American venues.

That’s by far the biggest start for a movie at the U.S.

box office, not just since the onset of Covid-19, but since 2019’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”The big-screen homage to hulking men, speedy cars and gravity-defying stunts is giving some much-needed momentum to the movie theater business, which has been struggling to rebound as audiences begin to feel comfortable returning to their local multiplex.

“F9” is the latest blockbuster-hopeful to set a new box office benchmark for Covid times.

Prior to this weekend, Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II” held the pandemic-era opening weekend record with $48.3 million in inaugural ticket sales.

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