Universal Pictures’ latest film, “Fast X,” roared into the box office charts with a mighty debut, raking in an estimated $67.5 million domestically during its opening weekend, as per the studio’s estimates. The action-packed summer blockbuster lived up to early predictions, which anticipated it would surpass the $60 million mark in the United States and Canada.
On an international scale, “Fast X” also burned rubber, amassing a staggering $251 million in ticket sales, propelling its global cumulative total to nearly $319 million. The only film from the “Fast & Furious” franchise to outpace this international figure is 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious.”
This high-octane spectacle not only claimed the crown for the biggest international debut of 2023 but also secured the second-best global opening of the year, trailing only behind Universal Pictures’ “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.”
With its impressive performance, the tenth installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise ousted the reigning champ, Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” which settled for second place, adding an additional $32 million during its third weekend, pushing its North American cumulative earnings to $266.5 million.
Completing the podium was “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” earning $9.8 million in its seventh weekend, accumulating a domestic total of $549.3 million, according to measurement firm Comscore’s estimates.
Directed by Louis Leterrier, “Fast X” assembled an all-star cast featuring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, and many more. It served as an extravagant family reunion, bringing together beloved franchise veterans along with newcomers such as Brie Larson, Jordana Brewster, and Jason Momoa.
However, despite its box office success, “Fast X” received a mixed response from critics. Review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes assigned it a lackluster rating of 54% rotten, while audiences polled by CinemaScore awarded it a decent B-plus grade.
Critics pointed out that the film’s weaknesses lie in its storytelling structure. Film critic Katie Walsh of the Tribune News Service stated, “The problems with ‘Fast X’ exist on a more structural story level. It feels like Leterrier and the writers are just digging up loose familial relations and celebrity cameos and throwing characters together for the heck of it, tossing Oscar-winning actresses (count ‘em: four) in the audience’s face to create a distraction from the other weaknesses in the script.”
Looking ahead, the upcoming weekend promises an array of exciting releases. Disney’s highly anticipated live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” Open Road Films’ “Kandahar,” Sony Pictures’ “The Machine,” and Lionsgate’s “About My Father” are all set to hit theaters, offering moviegoers a diverse selection of cinematic experiences to enjoy.