"F9," the ninth installment in Universal's "Fast and Furious" franchise, is speeding toward a pandemic-era box office record.
According to Variety, the film has generated $127 million at the international box office to date, and it's expected to gross more than $160 million through Sunday. That would rank as the largest overseas debut since Covid-19 hit.
In China alone, "F9" has collected $105 million (680M RMB) through Saturday, marking the biggest start for a Hollywood movie in pandemic times. "F9" is set to become the second-largest opening for Universal Pictures and the "Fast and Furious" franchise, behind the eighth entry in the series.
Through Saturday, "F9" has made $7.7 million in Korea, $6.4 million in Russia, $5.5 million in the Middle East and $2.2 million in Hong Kong.
The Justin Lin-helmed film has already bested "Godzilla vs. Kong's" international debut, which totaled $121 million from 38 countries. "F9" is set to play in a total of 62 markets throughout the summer, including Australia (June 17), Latin America and the US (June 25), and the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Germany in July.