“Fast and Furious 10,” boasting a staggering budget of over $300 million and hyped as the beginning of the end for the main series, has failed to live up to expectations.
The much-anticipated installment managed to rake in $67.5 million over the weekend, meeting the projected forecast. While it claimed the top spot at the box office, this lackluster performance leaves much to be desired.
A Shift in Momentum: An Unimpressive Opening
Compared to its predecessors, “Fast and Furious 10” falls short. Only the first three films in the main series had weaker openings, making this latest entry the franchise’s worst debut since 2006’s “Tokyo Drift.”
It’s worth noting that the series had one spin-off film along the way, which opened with less than $60 million. Surprisingly, it remains the only theatrical spin-off in the entire franchise.
Hope for the Competition: Other Films Remain Steady
The underwhelming performance of Universal Pictures’ flagship production comes as a glimmer of hope for other films in the market. The Super Mario Bros. Movie, for instance, saw only a 22 percent decline in receipts, indicating that it was minimally affected by the arrival of “Fast and Furious 10.”
Likewise, “John Wick 4” and “Evil Dead Rise” experienced drops below 40%, while last week’s leader, “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3,” lost 48% of its viewership.
However, not all films fared well in the face of the disappointing “Fast and Furious 10.” Robert Rodriguez’s unconventional thriller from Ben Affleck, “Hypnotic,” witnessed a staggering two-thirds decline in viewership, making it the only film in the top 10 to experience such an exponential drop.
Looking Ahead: Upcoming Premieres Aim to Capture Audiences
Despite the lackluster performance of “Fast and Furious 10,” the coming weekend holds promise with five major premieres on the horizon. Among them, Disney’s highly anticipated live production of “The Little Mermaid” aims to captivate audiences with its enchanting tale.
Additionally, “Kandahar,” a joint effort from the creators of “Greenland” and “World on Fire,” is set to hit theaters, promising a gripping cinematic experience.
A24 will offer viewers the Sundance comedy “You Hurt My Feelings,” while the action comedy featuring Mark Hamill, “The Machine,” vies for the attention of moviegoers. Lastly, the comedy “All About My Dad,” starring Robert De Niro, joins the competition to win over American wallets.
As the box office landscape evolves, “Fast and Furious 10” serves as a reminder that even the most anticipated releases can stumble, while other films strive to seize the opportunity and captivate audiences worldwide.
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