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Fast X Gets Off To A Strong Start At The Global Box Office With Third-Best Franchise Opening Weekend

Fast X is also shifting into high gear at IMAX.


Fast X hit theaters this past weekend, and as expected, the latest chapter in the Fast and Furious franchise had the third-best opening--$319 million worldwide--behind The Fate of the Furious and Furious 7. Out of that total number, $251.4 million came from an international market of petrolheads in 84 markets, according to Deadline. In the US, the first part in the Fast 'n Furious finale made $67.5 million in that first weekend,

At IMAX, Fast X pulled in $22 million across 1,545 of those massive screens across the globe, making it the second-highest global IMAX opening ever for the franchise, just behind The Fate of the Furious. That's an impressive opening weekend in an era where cinemas are still recovering from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the second-best debut of 2023 so far. In total, the entire franchise has now made over $5 billion at the international box office.

As for which markets got a kick out of seeing the Toretto family back on the big screen, China leads the pack with a $78.3 million weekend in that country, and is followed by Mexico with $16.7 million and France with $9.6 million.

Not even Vin Diesel and a turbo-charged muscle car is a match for Nintendo, as The Super Mario Bros. Movie still has the best opening of the year. Fast X did manage to dethrone Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is now in its third week at theaters, with Marvel's latest film dropping to second place.

While the box office returns are currently positive, critical reception to the film has been mixed. Fast X has an aggregate score of 55 on Metacritic, based on 56 critic reviews, and in In GameSpot's Fast X review, Phil Owens writes that the movie lacks the memorable moments and charm that previous instalments had.

"In lieu of a decent story, Fast X is all about rehashing plot threads and set pieces from past movies… Fast X is an exhausting experience. Like Fate and F9, it's overstuffed and is more concerned with fan service and growing the family than with telling a decent story. The action is just okay, and the CGI is frequently awful."

For more on the film--if you've seen it that is--you can check out a discussion on the Fast X ending and post-credits scene.

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