Hollywood feels relieved after F9 victory in China
Vin Deisel’s “Fast & Furious 9” or “F9” rolled off the starting line this weekend, grossing $ 137 million at the Chinese box office, reported the Deadline, a leading US news site. on entertainment.
Including Monday’s play, the film is at $ 147 million in the Chinese market, according to the site.
Besides the Chinese market, Universal’s “F9” has totaled $ 162 million in revenue from eight overseas markets, including South Korea, Russia, the Middle East, and Hong Kong, among others. weekend, marking the top-level victory in China. Hollywood film since the start of the pandemic.
“It shows us that audiences are ready to come back when the right movie becomes available,” Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of Universal International Distribution, told reporters.
Artisan Gateway, a leading film and film consulting firm focused on the Asian market, said the powerful performance of “F9” was good for the overall health of the theater economy. Its data also showed that the year-to-date cumulative box office is now $ 3.86 billion, just 6.5% lower than before COVID-2019. A week earlier, the difference was 10%.
And the most exciting news is that Chinese moviegoers still love Hollywood superstars.
Directed by Chinese-American director Justin Lin, the latest addition to Vin Deisel’s “Fast & Furious” franchise, his ode to fast cars and faster action, is based on a screenplay co-written by Lin and Daniel Casey , and features an all-star line from Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriquez, Sun Kang, Helen Mirren, Ludacris, Kurt Russell and others.
Despite the film’s lukewarm reception from Chinese online fan rating sites – only 5.6 on Douban and 7.8 on Taopiaopiao – the opening box office of “F9” was 83% of the box office. weekend total in China, which was dominated by local Chinese. films of the past year during the pandemic, when most of Hollywood’s blockbuster releases were postponed.
During the pandemic, a few Hollywood films were opened in China, showing modest theatrical series. Among them were Disney / Pixar’s “Soul” with $ 58 million and Warner Bros. ‘”Tenet” with $ 66 million.
The scores of “F9” “this weekend not only doubled the total number of Chinese series of these films, but also became the first Hollywood film since” Avengers: Endgame “two years ago to post an opening. of more than 100 million dollars in the country.
In addition, $ 12.5 million in ticket sales in China came from Imax displays, which are uniquely popular in China. This take for the Imax theater chain was only overcome by Marvel’s doom duo, “Avenger’s: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Experts said the full returns of “F9” give the US film industry renewed hope that after the pandemic, Hollywood blockbusters may still do well in the Asian country in the future.
Chinese ticket and movie data platform Maoyan predicted a $ 250 million finish for “F9,” according to a deadline report, adding that it is a “perfectly respectable number:” F9 “is the first Hollywood tent pole since Avengers: Endgame to post an opening of more than $ 100 million in China.”
The film is set to be released in the United States on June 25 and will be released in major European territories in early July.