The Blockbuster Is Back As ‘F9’ Races Out Of The Gate With A Record-Breaking $70 Million Bow

The summer blockbuster is back! And that sound you just heard is Hollywood letting out its collective breath.

After more than a year of delays, Universal’s latest entry in the money-minting Fast & Furious cycle, F9: The Fast Saga, burned rubber out of the gate with a massive $70 million domestic debut.

The opening not only left all previous pandemic-era box-office records in the dust, but also marked the biggest North American bow since 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.Originally slated to hit multiplexes over Memorial Day weekend in 2020, F9 was one of the most high-profile tentpoles to be put on hold when the Covid-19 pandemic brought the theatrical movie business to a screeching halt more than a year ago.

For adrenaline junkies, the long wait only intensified interest in the tenth installment of the stunt-happy, muscle-car franchise, which brought back series regulars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez.

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