We told you last week that the latest ‘Fast & Furious‘ film ‘F9‘ had the chance to prove once and for all that theaters are not dead. It had the chance to make it clear people still love going to the movies.
And thankfully, it did that this past weekend. The ninth installment in the action franchise made $70 million during its opening weekend, which is by far the biggest opening for a film since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heck, it’s the biggest opening since ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘ was released back in December of 2019, a few months before the pandemic.
Experts believed the film would make at least $60 million, but some thought it could touch $70 million, and it did just that. I told you in the previous post I’m not one who typically roots for the Fast & Furious, but I was this past weekend.
Why? Because my love for theaters is greater than my disdain for the Fast & Furious.
Opening weekend crowds were 60% male, with 51% of ticket buyers under the age of 25. Broken down by demographics, 37% of moviegoers were Hispanic, 35% were Caucasian, 16% were Black and 8% were Asian. Orr adds, ‘the audience was very diverse, which reflects the strength of our cast and this franchise.’
Very good numbers, and it sets the tone for the rest of the summer, which will hopefully be just as successful. You still have ‘Black Widow’ and ‘The Suicide Squad’ set to be released in July and August.