Fast & Furious is one of the most successful franchises at the box office in recent decades. Since it started focusing on the story of Vin Diesel’s character and the late Paul Walker, it has continued to grow, and all the installments have achieved great numbers, reaching its peak in 2015 with the seventh installment.
However, this trend may have changed with Fast X. Despite being one of the most anticipated releases of the year and putting all their efforts into making this first film of the final trilogy a success, the box office numbers have not been as good as expected. In fact, they have been disappointing.
Record low after record high
During the opening weekend, Fast X grossed $67.5 million in the United States, significantly lower than previous installments and falling nearly forty million short of The Little Mermaid, which dethroned it this weekend. Additionally, in the international box office, it only reached $251.5 million, nearly $200 million less than the eighth installment (we exclude the ninth because it was released during the COVID period).
However, this week things have improved for Fast X. As reported by Deadline, Fast X has grossed $507.26 million worldwide during the American Memorial Day weekend. Out of this total, $399.3 million comes from international markets, and $108 million from the domestic box office.
Indeed, the tide may be turning, especially thanks to positive word-of-mouth from fans and its international success. The overall performance of Fast X is yet to be determined, but the strategic decision to release it a week before the Memorial Day weekend, where it only had to contend with The Little Mermaid as a major release, has helped balance the box office figures.
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