Universal's supercharged "F9" proved that the big screen is back. The action tentpole claimed a three-day total of $70M. Not only was this a pandemic-era best, but it was also the biggest opening weekend since Disney's December 2019 release of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." "F9" topped the previous pandemic-era milestone set by "A Quiet Place: Part II," and drove the domestic total to the closest it's been to $100M in over a year.
In further comparisons, the strong opening for "F9" bested the opening of 2019's "Fast & Furious" spin-off "Hobbs and Shaw." That film opened to $60M. The tenth film's debut is also on par with the opening weekend of the saga's fourth chapter, 2009's "Fast & Furious," which bowed at $70.9M.
Holdovers from previous weeks rounded out the top ten. "A Quiet Place: Part II" led the charge with a $6.2M take placing it at the No. 2 slot. And the weekend of milestones continued globally. "Peter Rabbit 2" and "The Conjuring 3" both crossed $100M, while "F9" raced past $400M.
All in all this weekend at the box office fuels a great sense of optimism at the movies and is further proof that tentpoles like "F9" can draw crowds as life returns to normal. The next major tentpole will come in two weeks with Marvel's "Black Widow." There is good reason to believe that a Marvel film, which has the potential to draw even the most casual moviegoers, could open to $100M. But, its day-and-day release on Disney+ Premier Access will most likely cut into that.
"F9" and "A Quiet Place: Part II" had the benefit of being exclusive to theaters, as have this week's No. 3 and No. 4. Questions still remain as to the profitability of day-and-date streaming or premium on-demand, but so far it's proving clear that theatrical release is the best moneymaker. Moreover, it's been shown that day-and-day debuts only further confuse moviegoers. The next two weeks will certainly be important ones.
Box Office Top Ten: June 25-27
- "F9" (Universal) - $70,000,000 [NEW]
- "A Quiet Place: Part II" (Paramount) - $6,200,000 / Overall: $136,388,366
- "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" (Lionsgate) $4,875,000 / Overall: $25,873,686
- "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway" (Sony) - $4,850,000 / $28,855,098
- "Cruella" (Disney) - $3,725,000 / Overall: $71,302,235
- "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" (Warner Bros.) - $2,920,000 / Overall: $59,133,366
- "In the Heights" (Warner Bros) - $2,230,000 / $24,161,509
- "Spirit Untamed" (Universal) - $1,030,000 / Overall: $15,840,910
- "12 Mighty Orphans" (Sony) - $591,917 / Overall: $2,293,909
- "Nobody" (Universal) - $560,000 / Overall: $26,728,470
Box office data comes to us from Box Office Mojo.
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.