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‘F9’ Is Under Pressure to Be the Flick That Revives Moviegoing

  • Universal’s Donna Langley looks for bet on delay to pay off
  • Film seen as ‘asinine’ and ‘bonkers’ could open to $60 million
Vin Diesel as Dom in ‘F9.’
Vin Diesel as Dom in ‘F9.’Source: Universal Pictures

Donna Langley, the Universal Pictures honcho who was one of the first studio leaders to delay a major movie over pandemic concerns, now has Hollywood’s hopes riding on that popcorn flick’s long-awaited arrival in theaters.

“F9,” the latest installment of the Fast & Furious series, is a gut-churning visual spectacle of a film that has already generated almost $300 million in global ticket sales since it opened overseas in May. On June 25 it will be released in the U.S., the world’s foremost moviegoing market, where it stands to become a money-spinning monster that could kick off a broader cinema revival.