2001's The Fast and the Furious spawned a seven-film franchise which has lasted over fifteen years and generated $3.9 billion at the global box office. With eighth entry The Fate of the Furious coming this April, it's high time for a few Fast and Furious infographics that chart the explosive growth of Hollywood's unlikeliest juggernaut.
Total Box Office, 2001 - 2015
The original film made around $200 million worldwide in 2001 - not bad going. Over time, Fast and Furious has become the biggest earner for its distributor, Universal. The fourth film brought the series back on track financially, and the next two entries brought steady growth. It's 2015's Furious 7 which really took the series into the big leagues, earning a colossal $1.5 billion in part due to the publicity surrounding the death of star Paul Walker.
Rotten Tomatoes Scores, 2001 - 2015
The Fast and Furious series has earned more critical respect that it is often credited with. While the initial run of three sequels aren't too highly thought of, the Rotten Tomatoes scores for the last three entries show that critical notices have improved significantly. Again, the Paul Walker effect - and the sensitivity with which his death was handled in the film - have helped Furious 7 become the series' high point.
Locations, 2001 - 2015
The first film was set entirely in Los Angeles, the world's most over-exposed film setting. Right from the first sequel, however, the Fast and Furious series began exploring new locations. Over time, globe-trotting has become a significant part of the series' appeal, with primary locations including London, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Abu Dhabi. It appears that settings for The Fate of the Furious will include New York City, Germany and Cuba.
Taurus World Stunt Awards, 2002 - 2016
Sadly, the Academy Awards don't recognise the men and women who bring action to the screen. Instead, the Taurus World Stunt Awards has been celebrating them since 2000, just before the Fast and Furious series began. The series has become quite dominant at the Taurus awards, earning a massive 34 nominations since 2002 and winning 15. On occasion, Fast and Furious films have had two or even three different sequences nominated for a vehicular stunts award in one year.
The Fate of the Furious is released in cinemas this April.
Sometime film reviewer, Letterboxd user, novice Blu-Ray collector. Top 3 directors: Woo, Hill, Leone.
Henry V (UK, 1989) ★★★★½
The Fast and the Furious (USA, 2001) ★★★★
Goodfellas (USA, 1990) ★★★★★
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