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‘Black Widow’ shatters ‘Fast & Furious 9’ records and becomes best US box office release of pandemic-era

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‘Black Widow’ has reached theaters more than a year late. The question remained whether that was going to affect its performance at the box office, but it has not been the case, since the film starring Scarlett Johansson has shattered the record for the best premiere in the United States since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to the Walt Disney Company, the Scarlett Johannson vehicle Earned over $215 million on its opening weekend, including an $80 million haul at the domestic box office, $78 million internationally, and another $60 million from Disney+ users who streamed the title.

Disney already announced that “Black Widow” had also set a record with its $13.2 million in box office returns from Thursday night previews in the U.S., both “for the year and for any film since the start of the pandemic.” The company further noted that “Black Widow” has not yet debuted in China or other lucrative markets across Asia due to pandemic restrictions. Currently, there is no release date scheduled for China.

The film, starring Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour was originally scheduled to hit theaters during the first half of 2020. The COVID pandemic pushed back its domestic release to 2021.

Before “Black Widow,” the latest installment in the “Fast and Furious” saga, “F9,” had held the title of the biggest debut for a film during the pandemic, earning $70 million in its opening weekend, Variety previously reported.

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