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Warning: This post contains minor spoilers for Fast X

Fast X raced into theaters on May 19, but it hasn’t quite reached the same heights when it comes to its global box office numbers. The franchise began over two decades ago, with The Fast and the Furious in 2001, and it’s been growing steadily ever since. Fast X is just the latest installment as the franchise nears its end.
Fast X sees the return of Dom Toretto and his race car driving family. They’ve come a long way since their humble beginnings, with the tenth installment introducing one of Dom’s greatest villains in Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa). Despite an exciting line-up and returning characters in Luke Hobbs and Gisele, Fast X didn’t make as much as its more recent predecessors at the box office.

10 Fast X Will Not Make $1 Billion At The Box Office

Vin Diesel using a car door as a shield in Fast X

As of this writing, Fast X has made $604.86 million at the global box office. While the tenth installment has only been in theaters for a few weeks, it won’t surpass the $1 billion threshold, especially as its box office continues to drop over the next several weeks and newer releases take precedence in theaters. Domestically, Fast X has made around $128.8 million thus far. While the film won’t make it across $1 billion on its own, Fast X racing past the $600 million mark puts the Fast & Furious franchise past the $7 billion mark — a major achievement that’s been years in the making.

9 Fast X’s Opening Weekend Is Lower Than F9

fast x made less than f9

Despite Fast X helping the Fast & Furious franchise reach a milestone by surpassing the $7 billion mark, the film’s opening weekend numbers were actually lower than that of F9, which grossed approximately $70 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend. Fast X, on the other hand, only grossed $67 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. While F9 had already made $141.9 million domestically by its third week of release, Fast X is behind, having only accumulated $128.8 million.

8 Fast X’s Domestic Box Office Continues Franchise’s Decline

fast x jason momoa

Fast X is not the lowest-grossing of the Fast & Furious franchise — it ranks number 9 in the overall saga — but it does signal fading box office domination for the franchise. It’s the first Fast & Furious sequel to make less than $150 million at the domestic box office since the fourth installment, Fast & Furious, was released in 2009. This suggests the franchise is in a slow decline, with the last two films not making the top five in the saga’s domestic box office gross. Considering Fast X is the beginning of the end for the franchise, the film’s domestic box office is not reflecting that at all.

7 Fast & Furious’ Box Office Peaked With 7 & 8

Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs in The Fate of the Furious

With such a rich history, the Fast & Furious franchise really hit its franchise stride with Fast Five, but the saga peaked at the box office with Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, which made $1.5 billion and $1.2 billion at the global box office, respectively. The seventh and eighth installments are the cream of the crop when it comes to the franchise’s box office power. By the time the films were released, the Fast & Furious franchise had plenty of action and story momentum to keep things fresh and exciting for audiences. It had really found its groove, and the box office number reflected moviegoers’ hunger for more.

6 Fast & Furious Budgets Are Too High In Comparison To Their Box Office

fast x budget

There is no question that the Fast & Furious franchise’s budget is high, and has been steadily increasing since the release of the first film in 2001. Fast X cost $340 million to make, but if it rakes in at least $700 million at the box office, it’s not as big of a win because of its budget being so high. F9’s budget, which was between $200-$225 million, was also high when compared with its box office gross, and the team behind the Fast & Furious movies might want to adjust the budget now that the films’ box office domination is dwindling.

5 Fast X’s Box Office Isn’t A Huge Start For The Franchise Finale

fast x hobbs dom

The Fast & Furious saga is ending with a two-part finale (and a potential 12th film might be in the works as well), with Fast X marking the start of the decades-spanning franchise’s end. While Fast X made money at the box office, and is the third highest grossing film of 2023 so far, its box office numbers didn’t indicate a huge start for the franchise’s finale. With another film on the way, Fast X’s numbers don’t bode well for Fast X Part 2. It’s certainly not the best start to a send-off for such a popular saga.

4 The Rock’s Box Office Decline Doesn’t Guarantee He’ll Save Fast & Furious

Dwayne Johnson in Hobbs and Shaw

The Rock returned to Fast X, reprising his role as Luke Hobbs in the film’s post-credits scene. While his comeback is exciting in terms of where the story could go and in healing Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel’s feud, Johnson’s return isn’t a guarantee that the next Fast & Furious movie’s numbers will skyrocket at the box office. The Rock’s own box office success has been on a downward spiral. Black Adam, the DC film Johnson headlined in 2023, made only $393 million worldwide, while Jungle Cruise made only $220.9 million globally (though it also had a Disney+ release).

3 Splitting Fast X Into Multiple Films Hurt Its Box Office Gross

fast x two-part finale

It’s possible Fast X not being the final film in the franchise is the reason behind its lower box office gross. Fast X merely sets up the story that won’t conclude for another couple of years, offering teases and character comebacks that won’t be immediately satisfied. Fast X being a definitive ending might have meant that more people showed up to see it in theaters. As the first of a two-part finale, however, the odds are not in its favor

2 Franchise Fatigue Won’t Help Fast & Furious’s Box Office

Dom and Letty in the Fast and Furious franchise

Franchises have dominated the box office for a long time, and the Fast & Furious saga is no exception. Franchise fatigue may also be the reason behind diminishing box office returns. With ten films in the overall saga (including spin-offs) that came before it, Fast X had a lot already stacked against it. With the promise of yet another sequel to close out the franchise, it could be that moviegoers are simply tired, especially with the global box office numbers showing the franchise has already peaked. Fans will likely head out to see how things conclude in the final film, but it may not be up to par with the franchise’s best box office numbers.

1 The Fast & Furious Franchise Probably Won’t Surpass $1 Billion At The Box Office Again

Vin Diesel as Dom in his back yard in Fast X

With ten films and a spin-off, the Fast & Furious franchise has seen better days at the global box office. With the saga powering down, the franchise probably won’t surpass the $1 billion mark at the box office ever again. The franchise may have surpassed $7 billion at the global box office, but it will be incredibly difficult to reach the same highs that Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious got to, likely because the franchise has been going on for so long. Diminishing returns and slowing interest in the franchise means that the next film won’t tip its box office numbers over the threshold. F9 and Fast X proved as much.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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