It turns out John Cena’s apology to the Chinese Communist government for referring to Taiwan as a “country” may have been for naught.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the latest installment in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, “F9,” dropped 85% in the Chinese box office during its second weekend following a strong opening of $136 million one week prior.
“After two laps, the Vin Diesel/John Cena action flick has totaled $185.3 million. That’s slightly ahead of where franchise spinoff Hobbs & Shaw was sitting at a similar point in its China run, but far weaker than the preceding franchise mainstays Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, which topped out at $390.9 million in 2015 and $392.8 million in 2017, respectively,” reported THR.
“Chinese ticketing app Maoyan currently projects F9 to finish at $211.9 million — certainly not a number to slouch at but far inferior to the franchise’s recent heights, especially since China’s theatrical market is back to full earning capacity,” according to