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World Box Office May 15 to 21, 2023

With Vin Diesel’s Fast X vrooming to the top on its debut, Universal Pictures became the first studio to hit the $1 billion domestic mark in the recent weekend.

Diesel’s return as Dominic Toretto fueled a $67 million rally in the North American box office race. Directed by Louis Leterrier, Fast X is also powered by a big cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Helen Mirren, Sung Kang, Jason Momoa, Brie Larson and Scott Eastwood.

Written by Dan Mazeau, Justin Lin (who was originally tapped to direct but bowed out, citing “creative differences”) and Gary Scott Thompson, the tenthquel follows Toretto and his family as they are targeted by the son of a drug kingpin.

While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 dropped to second place, the action-adventure comedy still drew a hefty $32.7 million. James Gunn’s final movie for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, before he jumps to DC, has earned $267.2 million in the United States and Canada after three weeks.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie, still going strong after seven weeks, collected $9.8 million. With $549.2 million domestic cume, the Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic-directed movie, with a voice cast led by Chris Pratt, can boast about being the second all-time biggest-grossing animated film, behind The Incredibles (2018).

Book Club: The Next Chapter, which takes Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen to Italy, garnered $3 million in its sophomore frame. The sequel, directed by Bill Holderman, also features Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson and Giancarlo Giannini.

Evil Dead Rise took the fifth spot with $2.4 million which added to the horror’s five-week haul of $64.1 million.

Comprising the rest of the top ten were, in order: John Wick: Chapter 4, $1.33 million; the comedy drama family Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret., $1.3 million; Robert Rodriguez’s action mystery thriller, Hypnotic, starring Ben Affleck, Alice Braga, JD Pardo, Dayo Okeniyi, William Fichtner and Jackie Earle Haley, $885,000; Blackberry, Matt Johnston’s story on the rise and fall of the world’s first smartphone, top-billed by Jay Baruchel, Cary Elwes and Glenn Howerton, $535,000; and Chris Pine’s Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, $390,000.

Internationally, Fast X also revved up to the front of the box office derby, picking up $251.4 million in more than 80 territories. That boosted the movie’s worldwide earnings to $319 million.

David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research said to Variety about the Fast & Furious series, now including Fast X: “Foreign [box office] is the series’ strength. These stories of good guys versus bad guys are understood everywhere around the world. This is excellent business for the genre, with outstanding international appeal.”

In China, Fast X’s $78 million bow at number 1 is another encouraging news for Hollywood which is worried about the Middle Kingdom’s cold shoulder treatment lately of its releases. However, the great turnout for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and now, Fast X, may continue reversing the trend and augur well for the strong comeback of American movies.

The other top markets for the latest installment in the Fast & Furious franchise include France, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Germany, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Japan.