The Fast and the Furious 9 became the first Hollywood film to gross more than $700 million (approximately INR 5,197 million) at the box office worldwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The last to do so was Jumanji: The Next Level, released in December 2019. The global box office was impacted from March 2020 – and hasn’t really recovered since. While the F9 hit theaters when things were a little better, theaters are in a state of change again in the United States, with Hollywood studios delaying titles or considering their options. Fast & Furious 9 has yet to arrive in India – it will be released in theaters on September 3rd in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
Good luck to box office prospects in India. Fast & Furious 9 has been heavily pirated since it began its staggered release in May, available on torrent sites from day one. And while the quality of pirated files was appalling for a while – Universal Pictures India even used this as a tactic to sell to the public on F9 when it was initially slated to debut in India in early August – that changed after the digital release of Fast & Furious 9 at the end of July. Universal Pictures shot itself in the foot while delaying the film several times to escape other films (The Suicide Squad on August 5th and BellBottom on August 19th). Interestingly, it didn’t work.
On September 3, Fast and Furious 9 will face Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in Indian theaters – the Marvel film is a new release, while F9 is already a few months old. That said, Fast & Furious has a large following in the country, and may well pose a threat to a largely unknown Marvel hero and a cast that has no instantly recognizable names to Indian audiences. The public also has competing options at home, with Black Widow falling on Sept. 3 on Disney + Hotstar, and Money Heist in Season 5 debuting on Netflix.
As for the $700 million acquisition of F9, the biggest markets for the film are China ($203.9 million), US ($172.6 million), Mexico ($26 million), Japan ($25 million), United Kingdom United ($22.6 million), Germany ($20.7 million) ), South Korea ($19.3 million), Russia ($18 million), France ($16.3 million), Australia ($15 .5 million), Brazil ($13.6 million) and Spain ($11 million). Fast & Furious 9 is the first Hollywood movie to surpass $200 million in China since, if you can’t believe it, Hobbs & Shaw – the first spin-off of The Fast and the Furious. Thanks to F9, The Fast Saga now has a combined overall box office of $6.59 billion (about INR 48.932 million).
The next chapter, Fast & Furious 10, will be released on April 7, 2023 in theaters around the world.