Latest Fast and Furious film takes the checkered flag

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2021-06-10

F9:TheF,includingVinDiesel(topleft)andJohnCena(right).[PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily]DespitestrugglingwithweakreviewsandthecontroversysurroundingcastmemberJohnCena,F9:TheFastSaga-thelatestandninthinstallmentoftheFastandFuriousfranchise-toppedthecountrysbox-officechartsinMay,($)asofTuesday,surpassingdirectorZhangYimousfirstespionagefilm,CliffWalkers,,F9stayedontopofthecountrysboxofficeformostdaysbeforebeingovertakenbyJapaneseanimatedfeatureStandbyMeDoraemon2onJune1,Children,theFastandFuriousfranchisehasevolvedfromitshumblebeginningasastreetracersstorytooneoftheworldshighest-grossingmovieseries,whichhasgarneredmorethan$,threemoviesinthefranchise,whichnowconsistsofnineinstallmentsandonespinoff,earnedmoreboxofficeinChinathanNorthAmerica,respectivelywithFurious7(2015),TheFateoftheFurious(2017)andFastFuriousPresents:HobbsShaw(2019).WithChinabecomingoneofitsmostimportantinternationalmarkets,F9exemplifiesHollywood,thebackbonestarofthefranchise,saidduringanonlineinterviewwithChinesejournalistslastmonththatheonceaskedUniversalPictures"todosomethingtheyveneverdonebefore".Dieselsaid:"WeaskedthestudiotoopenFastandFurious9inChinafirst."F9isscheduledtodebutinNorthAmericaonJune25,sanunusualpracticeforHollywoodblockbusters,whichareosenduringthemeisfamily-aconceptbiggerthanthebiologicalgroupwithsharedDNAthatbringstogethertheprotagonistandhiscomrades.。