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Movie Monday: ‘Fast X’ Finishes First

In a high-octane weekend at the box office, Fast X wasn’t quite as fast (at least stateside) as the accountants at Universal Pictures had perhaps hoped. But it still lapped the competition.

The latest chapter in the Fast & Furious franchise gunned its engine, put the pedal to the metal and cruised to an estimated $67.5 million in North America. That’s double what its nearest competitor banked.

Now admittedly, if Fast X was racing against the other movies in the franchise, it’d finish as a distant also-ran in terms of the North American box office debuts. Furious 7 from 2015 still represents the franchise’s high-water mark, raking in a remarkable $147.2 million in its opening weekend. Fast X’s opening-weekend domestic take ranks just seventh out of the 11 films in the series.

But does that mean that the franchise’s pistons are misfiring? Not if you add in Fast X’s overseas earnings. It roared to another $251.4 million in 85 markets,  pushing its overall take to $319 million—the second-highest global gross of the year, behind The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

Fast X’s success essentially just pushed the rest of the box-office contenders down a spot from where they were last week.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 danced to $32 million in North America this weekend. That brought its domestic box-office cume to $266.5 million and added a little bit more pocket change to cinematic history’s most lucrative franchise. (The Marvel Cinematic Universe has banked about $11.6 billion, more than twice that of Star Wars, its nearest competitor.)

Despite now being available to rent and stream, The Super Mario Bros. Movie still lured plenty of folks to the theaters. It collected another $9.8 million and has now earned $549.3 million overall.

Book Club: The Next Chapter collected another $3 million to finish fourth, while the still-lively Evil Dead Rise clawed and chewed its way to $2.4 million and fifth place.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.