The official Twitter account of The Fast Saga recently announced that the latest installment of the franchise is now available to watch on various video on demand (VOD) platforms, a mere three weeks after its initial release.
Currently, Fast X can be rented or purchased on platforms such as Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, YouTube, and Redbox. The film is being offered at a premium tier, with rental prices set at $19.99 and purchase prices at $24.99.
Fast X’s early release on home platforms may raise concerns for the future of the franchise. While the pandemic has disrupted the traditional theatrical release windows for blockbuster films, the speed at which Fast X has transitioned to VOD is still relatively uncommon.
To provide a comparison, the previous pandemic-era entry in the series, F9: The Fast Saga, wasn’t available for home viewing until July 30, 2021, more than a month after its theatrical debut on June 25. Although the difference between the two releases is just over a week, it could be seen as a potential warning sign for the continuation of the Fast franchise.
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Despite its early availability on home platforms, Fast X has performed well at the box office, crossing the half-billion mark globally during its theatrical run. However, the film’s financial success may fall short of expectations for a high-budget production with a price tag of $340 million (excluding publicity costs). Furthermore, while the movie has seen strong performance in international markets, its box office numbers in the U.S. have been notably lower, with a current gross of $132 million.
It is possible that Fast X was released early for home viewing in an effort to generate audience interest and maximize revenue within its opening month. However, if this strategy fails to deliver the desired results, it could have negative implications for future installments. Fast 11 is already scheduled for release in 2025, but the fate of a potential Fast 12, which has been teased, may be uncertain if Fast X performs similarly or worse.