Universal’s F9 won its third consecutive weekend in China, adding $8.9 million for a $204.5 million running total, according to data from Artisan Gateway.
THR reports the performance is Hollywood’s biggest in China during the pandemic era after Legendary’s Godzilla Vs. Kong topped out there with $188 million. Local ticketing app Maoyan projects F9 to run out of gas in China with around $215 million — a big number, but a dramatic downshift from the $392.8 million earned by franchise predecessor The Fate of The Furious in 2017. Bad reviews and John Cena’s Taiwan gaff , and slobbering apology, seem have kept F9 stuck in mid-gear. His China suck-up may have barely staved off a bigger drop.
John Cena is such a good actor that most people would’ve never guessed he was such a simpy coward.
China OWNS Hollywood. https://t.co/FrYSyZMhsC
— Bleeding Fool (@BleedingFool) May 25, 2021
Japanese anime import Stand By Me Doraemon 2 earned $7.7 million in its second outing, narrowly beating Paramount’s A Quiet Place II, which took $7.1 million. Doraemon 2 has grossed $36.4 million while Quiet Place II has earned $29.2 million. The Paramount horror sequel stands a good chance of bettering the original A Quiet Place, which finished with $34.5 million in 2018.
Maybe Cena should consider doing a pay-per-view bout with Colby Covington similar to this past weekend’s Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul exhibition match? Might earn him a good paycheck.