Monday, April 15, 2024

Here Comes a Movie Theater Hit: “F9: Fast and Furious” Collects $7.1 Mil in Previews


This morning, my friend Mark Simone asked me on WOR Radio if people would come back to the movie theaters.

The answer, last night, was a resounding Yes!

“F9: The Fast and Furious Saga,” made $7.1 million in previews. In previews. No studios, especially Universal, hands out numbers for previews like that. “F9” could easily make $100 million by Sunday¬† night.

Is it good? In what sense? It’s the 9th (or maybe 10th) installment of this long popular series starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, The Rock and formerly, Paul Walker. And a lot of cars, crashing. This installment also includes, weirdly, two Oscar winners, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron. And just for fun, rapper Cardi B.

Mind you, “F9” Has already made $293 million internationally including $200 million in China. So that’s a total of $300 million to date.

So, yes, people will go to the theaters if there’s a movie they want to see, and one that looks like it must be on a big screen. And F9? It doesn’t mean delete, thank goodness. It’s a control key on your computer. And these days, director Justin Lin is in total control!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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