Hollywood can say thank you to Vin Diesel and his accomplices Fast and Dangerous 9. The new film in the popular saga shattered all box office pandemic records by collecting $ 70 million in North American theaters last weekend, numbers worthy of the pre-COVID-19 period.
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This beginning of a return to normal was also felt in Quebec cinemas, which had their busiest weekend since theaters reopened four months ago.
“For the weekend as a whole, we made about 50% of our usual turnover, which represents, by far, our best result for a very long time,” said the president of Cinémas Guzzo yesterday. Vincent Guzzo.
“By comparison, during our best weekends in early summer 2020, we managed to get between 10% and 20% of our sales. “
This significant increase at the Quebec box office is explained first and foremost by the monster success of Fast and Dangerous 9 which became the first film since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (released in December 2019) to raise over $ 1 million in its first weekend indoors.
In fact, Fast and Dangerous 9 got off to a flying start in all the countries where it has appeared. The action movie starring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez and John Cena has already raised more than $ 400 million at the global box office – another pandemic record.
Fast and dangerous 9 is not the first film to achieve theatrical success since the reopening of American theaters last spring. Released over Memorial Day long weekend in late May, the horror thriller A Quiet Corner – Part 2 gave new hope to the film industry by raising $ 58 million during its first four days on the bill.
John Krasinski’s film became a few weeks later the first film to cross the $ 100 million mark at the US box office since the start of the pandemic.
According to Vincent Guzzo, the results of recent Hollywood films at the box office are encouraging for the sequel.
“The problem, when we reopened after the first wave in the summer of 2020, is that Hollywood had postponed all its important releases and that we did not have a big American film to offer to the public, recalls the man. business.
“This year is different. We have major releases every week until September and we feel that the public is happy to come back to theaters. I predict that by the end of July, we will reach 60% of our turnover. “
The biggest hits of the pandemic at the global box office
- Godzilla vs Kong : $ 444 million
- Fast and Dangerous 9 : $ 404 million
- Tenet : $ 363 million
- A Quiet Corner – Part 2 : $ 248M
- Cruella : $ 183M