10 movies and 6.6 billion dollars
Fast & Furious 9 marks the 10th movie milestone in the action blockbuster series with the largest number of fans in the world. In 1998, when an article describing the exciting world of New York street racing was released titled “Racer X” by author Ken Li, few expected that this would be the beginning of a series of films that brought in business. billions of dollars in revenue. The idea that came from night races developed into the story of a car robbery group led by racer Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) led by director Rob Cohen, The Fast and the Furious was born like that.
Released in the summer of 2001, when Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was still the hottest movie title in theaters, The Fast and the Furious was predicted to be just a minor hit. But the media and critics were in for a shock when the film unexpectedly took the number one spot at the US box office, grossing $40 million in its opening weekend. Ultimately, that $38 million-budget action flick grossed $144.5 million in North America and $207.2 million worldwide.
That number once “stormed” the box office in 2001, but it seems to be nothing compared to the achievement of the Fast & Furious franchise today. After 20 years of storming the big screen with 9 films, Fast & Furious has grossed a total of $6.6 billion at the box office around the world, becoming the second highest-grossing film franchise in the world. year of all time and is the second highest-grossing original screenplay franchise of all time.
Through each film, Fast & Furious not only does not make the audience boring, but increasingly collects a “terrible” viewership; at the same time opening up an increasingly large “cinema universe”. To promote the film brand, the filmmakers and cast have traveled more than 151 million kilometers across 18 countries. This is the equivalent of traveling around the world 32 times and is testament to the unstoppable appeal of Fast & Furious to global action movie lovers.
The world’s leading action brand
After a successful start, Fast & Furious has not really “taken off” in the next two parts. Starting from a low-budget film with not really good effects, it was not until the Fast Five movie that this series was shaped into an action blockbuster. The turning point of the series was when turning the truck flips, destroying buildings, and flying cars in the air loyal to the unmistakable brand of Fast & Furious.
Action moments that defy all laws of physics give viewers an experience that makes them gasp in awe. The entertainment of Fast & Furious is undeniable, no matter how many parts the franchise extends and how many times the scale and madness of the action scene multiplies. More than 12,000 cars were used in all 10 movies. An estimated 2,500 cars were destroyed during the making of the film, which means that 1 car is completely destroyed every 49 seconds in the film. In the world of Fast & Furious, a car can dash through two buildings or knock down an entire plane, nothing is impossible.
Family – the secret to success of a billion dollar brand
If Fast Five marks a success in terms of action quality, the fourth film Fast & Furious released in 2009 has defined the “soul” of the franchise. After two films without key characters, Fast & Furious 4 brought the main cast including Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez back to full and gave birth to the concept of “Fast Family”. This important fulcrum allowed the series to grow faster than any other series of its time.
After all the amazing action sequences and explosions beyond imagination, the last remaining value is “family”. That irreplaceable spirit has brought the characters and the cast that play them together, even through tragedy together – the sudden death of Paul Walker just before the completion of Furious 7. Right From the beginning of the first movies until 20 years later, Fast & Furious has always been the story of a family that you choose to stick with, be loyal to, and sacrifice everything to protect.
In Fast & Furious 6, the filmmaker created a “perfect enemy” against the Fast family, a member thought to have passed away. Furious 7 ends with the scene of Paul Walker sitting in the car smiling and waving to his brother Dom, which has taken away many tears from the audience. The Fate of the Furious brings a villain capable of turning Dom against his own family. As for Fast & Furious 9, Dom has to face his blood brother to protect those who insist that “They are not friends, they are my family”.
The values that Fast & Furious embody never get old. This action series is not the first to use intimacy as a core theme, but it is the most successful franchise in making it the secret to keeping audiences for 20 years.
Fast & Furious 9 was released on January 7, 2022.