F9, as expected, had a gigantic opening despite some theaters still not being open or operating with limited capacity due to the pandemic and helped get the total weekend box office to over $100 million for the first time since March 2020.
In the lull before F9 arrives this coming weekend, this past weekend saw The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard take the top spot at the box office with a decent, by pandemic standards, opening while further down the charts In The Heights suffered a massive drop-off and fell out of the top 5 in its second week.
Issa Rae joins the Into The Spider-Verse sequel as Spider-Woman, HBO Max launches an ad-supported cheaper version, FX announces a bunch of premiere dates, an extended version of Super Mario Bros. The Movie is online, Donnie Yen joins John Wick Chapter 4 and more in this week’s News Shotgun.
Theaters were hoping this past holiday weekend would be an indicator that theaters were almost back to normal and A Quiet Place Part 2 delivered with an opening as good as the first movie, even better if you count the 4-day weekend, and the best opening since the pandemic began.