It had passed Chinese censorship approvals and given permission for theatrical release last week.
Along with China, “F9” will also debut in several foreign territories, including Russia, Korea, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Vietnam, throughout the month of May. The big-budgeted series is hugely popular overseas, and its performance at the international box office will be key to turning a profit. In the U.S., “F9” is intended to kick off the summer season, yet moviegoing isn’t anywhere close to reaching pre-pandemic levels.
The film will hit only Korea ahead of China, on May 19. It will reach Taiwan on May 21 as well.
Universal said that China was chosen as one of the first