The domestic box office took another big step in its road to recovery this weekend with the blockbuster first place debut of Universal’s F9. The latest installment of the Vin Diesel-led The Fast and The Furious franchise easily delivered the largest opening weekend since the pandemic. It also served as the largest domestic opening weekend of any film since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker back in December 2019.
1. F9: The Fast Saga
The ninth installment in the blockbuster franchise scored a monstrous $70 million debut in the US. In addition to the high level of anticipation for the film, to begin with, F9 benefited this weekend from playing in a wide 4,179 locations, which made it the first film since the pandemic to open in at least 4,000 locations. F9 is already the fourth highest-grossing film domestically since the pandemic trailing only A Quiet Place Part II, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Cruella, and will speed past Cruella on Monday to move into third place.
Overseas, where the film bowed earlier, the movie has already surpassed the $300 million mark. Its current $334.9 million international absolute brings it’s worldwide gross to $404.9 million.
2. A Quiet Place 2
Meanwhile, Paramount’s A Quiet Place 2 proved to be relatively F9-proof this weekend, as the successful horror sequel was down a very solid 32% to hold steady in second place with an estimated $6.20 million. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power, the film has grossed $136.3 million through 31 days.
Overseas, the film has racked up $112 million to date, putting its current worldwide total at $248.5 million.
3. Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
After opening in the first place towards the higher end of consensus expectations last weekend, Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard dropped two places and a sharp 57% this weekend to land in third with an estimated $4.8 million. The R-rated sequel to 2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard now has a combined two-week domestic box-office total of $25.9 million.
So far, the film has pulled in another $5.5 million from overseas, bringing it’s cumulative worldwide gross to $31.4 million.
4. Peter Rabbit 2
Peter Rabbit 2 held up very well this weekend, as the film was down a slim 20 percent for a $4.8 million bow. In addition to benefiting from continued good word of mouth, Peter Rabbit 2 also benefited this weekend from no new family films entering the marketplace.
To date, the film has racked up $28.9 million at home, but a far more impressive $79 million from overseas, bringing its worldwide box-office total to $107.9 million.
Disney’s Cruella also held up well this weekend by declining just 23% to take fifth place with an estimated $3.7 million. The 31-day total for Cruella stands at $71.30 million currently.
Cruella took in an estimated $10.6 million internationally from 42 markets this weekend, including a $2.2 million five-day start in France. The absolute through Sunday for Cruella stand at $112.5 million internationally and $183.8 million globally.