The 10th installment of the action series did well internationally, but gradually lost ground at the domestic box office.
According to Variety, blockbuster Fast X earned $318.9 million worldwide, including $67.5 million in the domestic market. The film had its second biggest opening of the year after Universal’s other title, The Super Mario Bros. Movie ($377 million).
Despite better-than-expected revenue, Fast X recorded declining profits in North America. In terms of opening weekend ticket sales, the 10th installment of the action franchise is behind Fast 9 ($70 million) in 2021 – a time of many restrictions due to the Covid-19 epidemic, only 80% of theaters open. doors and the number of viewers has not yet increased again.
Previous installments of the franchise had much better opening weekend tickets, including 2017’s The Fate of the Furious ($98 million), 2015’s Fast & Furious 7 ($148 million) and Fast & Furious 6 in 2013 ($97 million).
At the international box office, the situation is different. Fast X’s overseas sales account for 75% (equivalent to $251.4 million) of the global total. This figure is from 84 markets, notably China ($78 million), Mexico ($16 million), France ($9.6 million) and Brazil ($9.6 million).
Experts say that Fast X needs to continue this momentum to soon recover capital and make a profit because this is the most expensive production project today, spending a huge amount of $ 340 million.
“Overseas sales are the franchise’s strength,” said David A. Gross, executive director of film consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research. He added: “The story of the good versus the bad attracts audiences everywhere. This is great business for the genre.”
Meanwhile, Jim Orr – Universal’s domestic distribution director – told Variety: “Fast X has an amazing, amazing launch. The audience was excited to see the beloved Fast family back. The family theme interspersed with breathtaking action sequences resonated globally.”
Shaped by director Louis Leterrier, Fast X continues to follow street racer Dom Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) against dangerous opponent Dante Reyes (played by Jason Momoa). On this journey, the character engages in deadly gravity-defying stunts. Critics and audiences have mixed opinions about the work.