‘F9,’ the latest movie in the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, is now available to stream at home just one month after it hit theaters

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Vin Diesel stars in “F9: The Fast Saga.”

  • F9,” the ninth movie in the “Fast & Furious” film series, is now available to stream through VOD.
  • Starring Vin Diesel, “F9” earned big numbers at the box office when it hit theaters on June 25.
  • You can rent the movie at home for $20 on services like Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, and more.

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After an impressive debut in theaters, “F9: The Fast Saga” is now available to rent for $20 through video-on-demand (VOD) services. The early streaming release comes about a month after the movie’s theatrical premiere on June 25.

Directed by Justin Lin, “F9” is the ninth installment in the “Fast & Furious” series. The action movie features Vin Diesel and John Cena as feuding brothers. “F9” delivers a constant rush of adrenaline with all the wild car chases and extreme stunts the franchise is known for.

“F9” also honors the late Paul Walker who died in a car accident in 2013. Walker played Brian O’Conner in the first seven “Fast & Furious” movies. For more details about how the film pays tribute to Walker, read Insider’s interview with director Justin Lin.

Where to watch ‘F9’ online

F9” is now available to watch at home through video-on-demand services. You can rent the movie for $20 from Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, FandangoNow, YouTube, Microsoft Movies, and Apple TV. The film’s streaming debut comes just one month after it premiered in theaters.

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Once you rent a title, most VOD platforms give you 30 days to begin watching a movie. After the movie is started, you typically have 48 hours before your rental expires.

Rental options range from standard definition (SD) to 4K UHD with high dynamic range (HDR), but the price is $20 no matter what quality you choose. You can access VOD services on most smart TVs, mobile devices, streaming players, and web browsers.

In addition to VOD services, “F9” is likely to arrive on HBO Max or Peacock later this year, but an official release date has not been announced.

Where can I watch other ‘Fast & Furious’ movies?

The best streaming services for watching movies from the “Fast & Furious” franchise are Peacock and HBO Max.

You can stream three of the “Fast & Furious” movies for free with ad-supported Peacock:

  • “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (2006)
  • “Fast & Furious” (2009)
  • “Fast Five” (2011)

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The HBO Max catalog includes access to the first two installments:

  • “The Fast and the Furious” (2001)
  • “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003)

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Additional movies from the “Fast & Furious” series are available to rent individually on VOD services like Prime Video and Vudu.

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‘F9’ made more than ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ in its opening weekend at the North American box office

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Vin Diesel in “F9.”

  • “F9” had a pandemic-best opening at the domestic box office over the weekend with $70 million.
  • It earned more than the $60 million the last “Fast and Furious” movie, “Hobbs and Shaw,” earned.
  • “F9” has grossed more than $400 million worldwide.
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The latest “Fast and Furious” movie, “F9,” earned $70 million at the North American box office over the weekend, a new pandemic-best opening that topped the previous record holder, “A Quiet Place Part II.”

80% of the North American theatrical market is open, according to Comscore.

The ninth installment’s debut is also more than the last “Fast” movie’s, the spinoff “Hobbs and Shaw” in 2019. That movie earned $60 million domestically in its opening weekend and went on to gross $760 million worldwide. The eighth installment in the main “Fast” saga though, “The Fate of the Furious,” earned $98 million domestically in its debut in 2017 and ultimately made more than $1 billion worldwide.

“Tentpole sequels and horror films were already pillars of yearly theatrical revenue before the pandemic, so it logically tracks that they’re among the early standouts during this transition back into normal life for many people,” said Shawn Robbins, the Box Office Pro chief analyst.

“F9” has already grossed $405 million globally. Though the movie has slowed in the franchise’s key market China, where it opened last month, it has still grossed $217 million there (more than the $201 million “Hobbs and Shaw” earned in the region, but less than the $393 million “The Fate of the Furious” made).

It opened with $136 million in China, but fell a whopping 85% in its second weekend there with $20.6 million. The drop is dramatic, but not unprecedented. “The Fate of the Furious” fell 70% in its second weekend in China.

With more international markets still to come, “F9” will likely pass “Godzilla vs. Kong” as this year’s highest-grossing Hollywood release so far. The Warner Bros. monster mashup, which debuted in March, grossed $442 million worldwide.

“F9’s performance bodes well for other tentpoles coming up with higher ceilings of potential, but we have to be cautious in expectations during this ever-evolving marketplace,” Robbins said.

While “F9’s” opening is a positive sign for movie theaters, the industry still has a ways to go to full recovery. The strength of the theatrical market in the near future could be just as much about legs as solid debuts, according to the Exhibitor Relations media analyst Jeff Bock – meaning “F9’s” second weekend could be significant.

“The most concerning aspect is the lack of long-play films in the marketplace,” Bock said. “The key for the theatrical industry going forward is sustainability. That means either consistent openings or marathon holds.”

And the pandemic has fundamentally shifted how studios approach distribution practices.

Universal, the studio behind the “Fast and Furious” movies, has struck deals with some of the biggest theater chains to shorten the theatrical window from the pre-pandemic 75 days to just 17 in most cases, at which point it can release a movie to digital-rental platforms.

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