'Fast & Furious' By the Numbers: From Genre Movie to Global Franchise
The series is one of the few in Hollywood franchise history to show no sign of fatigue as 'Furious 7' opens in theaters around the globe.
No one could have imagined that The Fast and the Furious — a jacked-up genre movie about street racing in East Los Angeles — would transform into the most successful franchise in Universal's history and become a global juggernaut with $2.3 billion in ticket sales.
The film, released in June 2001, was a sleeper hit in the U.S., grossing $144.5 million on a $38 million budget. But it's decidedly American storyline make it a tougher sell overseas, where it earned $62.9 million. Fast-forward to 2013, when Fast & Furious 6 earned $238.7 million domestically, a series best. The results were even more dazzling internationally, where the film grossed $551.1 million, or 776 percent ahead of the original film.
What happened in between? After Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift underwhelmed in 2006, Universal decided to give the series a facelift and made Fast & Furious a heist film set overseas. More importantly, the entire cast of the first film, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, reprised their roles, while the next installment, Fast Five, introduced Dwayne Johnson's character.
Furious 7 — marking the final film from Paul Walker, who died in November 2013 — opens around the globe this weekend and is getting the widest release in Universal's history.
Here's the box-office breakdown for the first six films:
The Fast and the Furious (June 20, 2001)
Domestic: $144.5 million
International: $62.9 million
Total: $207.4 million
2 Fast and 2 Furious (June 6, 2003)
Domestic: $127.1 million
International: $109.1 million
Total: $236.3 million
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (June 16, 2006)
Domestic: $62.6 million
International: $95.9 million
Total: $158.5 million
Fast & Furious (April 3, 2009)
Domestic: $155.1 million
International: $208.6 million
Total: $363.8 million
Fast Five (April 29, 2011)
Domestic: $210 million
International: $420 million
Total: $630 million
Fast & Furious 6 (May 24, 2013)
Domestic: $238.7 million
International: $551.1 million
Total: $787.7 million