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Box Office: ‘Fast X’ Zooms to $67.5M U.S. Opening, $319M Globally

Universal’s Fast X raced to a North American debut of $67.5 million and a rousing $318.9 million globally as the core franchise winds down. That’s a promising start for the 10th installment even if the movie is seeing lower returns in the United States.

Things are different overseas, where Fast X cleared a huge $251.4 million in its international debut. Its global opening makes it the No. 2 debut of the year behind fellow Universal’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie ($377 million). Internationally, it is the top opening of 2023 so far.

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The action pic easily wrested the box office crown from Marvel and Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is now in its third weekend. Guardians 3 — which is no slouch — earned another $32 million domestically and $48.8 million overseas for a pleasing global total of $659.1 million.

Fast X is one of the few recent Hollywood films to resonate in China, where it opened to an impressive $78.3 million. Other territory highlights: it took a sizable $16.7 million in Mexico, followed by France ($9.7 million), Brazil ($9.6 million), India ($8.6 million), Indonesia ($8.4 million), Germany ($8 million), the U.K. ($7.6 million) and South Korea ($6.7 million). And it scored a franchise-best $7 million in Japan.

In North America, Fast X received a B+ CinemaScore from the audience, the same grade given to F9: The Fast Saga, which debuted domestically to $70 million in 2021 when the pandemic still posed a major challenge for the box office.

That compares to a franchise-best domestic opening of $148 million for Furious 7 in 2015, followed by $98 million for The Fate of the Furious in 2015 and $97 million for Fast and Furious 6 in 2013, not adjusted for inflation.

Louis Leterrier directs the 10th installment in the popular franchise (he’s also on board for the upcoming 11th). While that film is the final installment in Universal’s main Fast series, there’s plenty of opportunity for spinoffs.

Vin Diesel leads a huge cast of familiar and new faces in Fast X, including franchise mainstays Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang and Jordana Brewster. Newcomers include Jason Momoa, Brie Larson and Rita Moreno, who plays Diesel’s grandmother.

Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Jason Statham, Alan Ritchson, Daniela Melchior, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron also star.

Over the course of the many Fast films, Dom Toretto (Diesel) and his family have outsmarted, outnerved and outdriven every foe in their path. Now, they confront the most lethal opponent they’ve ever faced: A terrifying villain (Momoa) emerging from the shadows of the past who’s fueled by blood revenge and who is determined to shatter this family and destroy everything — and everyone — that Dom loves, forever.

Universal and Illumination’s blockbuster Super Mario Bros. Movie placed No. 3 domestically with $9.8 million. Globally, it cleared another milestone as it passed up The Incredibles ($1.243 billion) to rank as the third biggest animated film of all time with $1.248 billion in worldwide ticket sales, not adjusted for inflation.

Focus Features’ Book Club: The Next Chapter, which is meant for older females, fell off a steep 57 percent in its sophomore outing to $3 million for a domestic total of $13.1 million.

The sequel came in No. 4, while Evil Dead Rise rounded out the top five in its fifth weekend with $2.4 million. Overseas, the Warner Bros. pic earned another $3.4 million for an impressive foreign tally of $77 million and $141.5 million globally.

May 21, 7:40 a.m.: Updated with estimated weekend estimates.

This story was originally published May 20 at 7:52 am.

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