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New York (CNN Business) The Fast & Furious series has pulled off a lot of stunts during its 20 year run.
But " F9 " — the latest installment in Universal's high-octane blockbuster franchise — may have to pull off the brand's boldest stunt yet: saving the movie theater industry.
On Wednesday, Universal released the newest trailer for the film, which will finally hit theaters on June 25 after multiple delays .
And as you have probably guessed after watching the trailer , the Fast & Furious franchise is, uh, not subtle.
Movie theaters are crawling out from under a year that completely ravaged their business as the Covid pandemic shut down mass entertainment.
Big blockbuster movies have always been important, but they are even more essential now as more studios choose to release films in theaters and on streaming services simultaneously or, more ominously for the business, bypass theaters altogether.
It will also paint a picture on how the marketplace is reacting globally, since Fast & Furious is a distinctly global brand.
For example, 2017's "The Fate of the Furious" brought in $1.2 billion worldwide — more than 80% from overseas ticket sales.
One of the biggest markets for the series is China , which has become the top movie market in the world.
If "F9" hits there, as well as in the US, that, alongside vaccinations ramping up, could give studios the confidence to release more films in theaters again.
Conversely, if "F9" misses the mark at the box office it could present a stark picture for theaters going forward.
Warner Bros.' "Godzilla vs. Kong," which premiered in theaters and HBO Max last month, is the biggest hit of the pandemic .
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