Log Angeles, June 20, 2021: The early box office predictions suggesting that Marvel Studios' Black Widow will outscore Universal Pictures' Fast & Furious 9, in the opening domestic weekend. Both movies are due to release on July 9 and June 25 respectively in the US.
Black Widow and F9 were originally slated for 2020 release but the covid-19 pandemic delayed the releases by a whole year. And now, as theaters begin opening and the box-office starts to back on track with hits like A Quiet Place 2 and Godzilla vs. Kong - Black Widow, and F9 are set to be the biggest hits of the pandemic era.
The fact that Scarlett Johanson fronted, Black Widow is a two-way release in theaters and on Disney Plus Premier Access for $30 simultaneously as compared to F9, which is an outright theatrical release. Still, Black Widow is expected to win the box office war against the high octane actioner, F9.
According to Boxoffice Pro
, Black Widow is expected to score between $65 million to $90 million in compared to F9's $50-$70 million in the opening weekend. Going by the predictions, Black Widow is set to become the top-grossing opening domestic weekend since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the covid-19 effect, Black Widow's opening weekend projection is already ahead of previous MCU movies such as - The Incredible Hulk ($55 million) and Ant-Man ($57 million). Both Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor opened to $65 million in 2011 and that matches Black Widow's lowest box-office predictions ($65M). If Black Widow opened to the highest projection of $90 million, it would top the opening weekends for Ant-Man and the Wasp ($75 million) as well as Doctor Strange and Thor: The Dark World ($85 million).
Directed by Cate Shortland, the upcoming prequel is set to showcase the return of Scarlett Johansson as the titular spy. While the plot details are still being kept under wraps, Black Widow has been confirmed to be set in between the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Scarlett Johansson will be joined by Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour in prominant roles along with O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, and Ray Winstone. The early reviews
from Black Widow are highly positive as critics are calling it one of the best solo films of Marvel Studios.
Meanwhile, on the other hand, Justin Lin's directorial, F9, has already opened in many international markets including China. It has crossed $200 million at the China box office while the overall collection of F9 is around $300 million. The movie stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, John Cena, among others in key roles.
For India, both Black Widow and F9 are expected to release in the months of July and August as theaters are looking to reopen by then.