‘F9’ Stars Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron React to Record-Breaking Box Office Debut: ‘Cinema Is Back!’ (Exclusive)

Vin Diesel had plenty to celebrate on Saturday night.Not only did he place the winning bid of $70,000 for two court side seats at a Clippers game and a Breitling watch at a benefit for Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach Project (Ctaop), but “F9: The Fast Saga” broke the weekend box office record since the onset of the pandemic.

Variety’s Rebecca Rubin reported that the latest installment of Universal’s “Fast & Furious” franchise brought in $70 million from 4,179 North American theaters, unseating the $48.3 million record set by Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II.”“I think what feels best is just the idea that people are returning to the theatrical experience,” Diesel told me at the Ctaop event.

“It feels good to say, ‘Cinema is back!’”Diesel praised Universal for going all-in on a theatrical release, without also sending the film to streaming.

“You can’t fault another studio

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