‘Fast X’ Speeds to $67.5 Million Debut at Box Office – But Plays Much Bigger Outside US

Fast X (Credit: Universal Pictures)

Fast X, the tenth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise, raced to the top of the weekend box office — after taking in an estimated $67.5 million across North America.

While the film outpaced the competition, it earned less than the $70 million domestic debut of F9: The Fast Saga, which opened with $70 million during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

According to Comscore, this latest installment of the franchise played in 4,046 locations, for a per theater average of $16,683.

Overseas, Fast X proved much more popular, earning $251.3 million, for a worldwide total of $318.8 million.

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Fast X finds Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto and his family confronting vengeful opponent Dante Reyes, played by Jason Momoa.

The cast also includes longtime franchise stars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Jason Statham, along with Sung Kang, Charlize Theron, John Cena, and Helen Mirren.

Directed by Louis Leterrier, the Universal Pictures release launches the final chapters of the Fast saga, which launched over 20 years ago.

Audiences gave Fast X a “B+” CinemaScore. Critics were split, handing the film a modest 54 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Among the reviews, critics described the film as “increasingly predictable” and “running on fumes,” yet some still found it “satisfying.”

Elsewhere at the domestic box office, Disney’s presentation of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 slipped to second place with $31.9 million in its third weekend. Since it opened on May 5, the film has earned $266.5 million in North America.

Third place went to The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which took in $9.8 million Friday through Sunday in its seventh week.

Book Club: The Next Chapter was fourth with $3 million in its second week. Evil Dead Rise rounded out the top 5 with $2.3 million in its fifth week.

Check out the box office chart below from Comscore:

Box Office Chart for May 21 (Credit: Comscore)