‘Fast X’ Got the Global Box Office It Needed to Have a Hope of Making a Profit

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While still declining in the U.S., the 10th “Fast & Furious” film’s box office grosses rebounded in several key countries from the COVID-era “F9”

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Vin Diesel in "Fast X." (Universal)

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Despite its immense production and marketing budget, Universal’s “Fast X” may be able to turn a profit after all. If it does, it will have the enduring international appeal of the “Fast & Furious” franchise to thank for that.

In the U.S., “Fast & Furious” is continuing its decline from a mid-2010s peak with a $67 million opening for “Fast X,” a launch below the $70 million that the tentpole’s predecessor “F9” earned during the early stages of the box office’s COVID recovery in June 2021.

But overseas grosses were a different story, with a $251.5 million total from 84 markets, including $78 million from China.