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The Rise And Fall Of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Box Office Viagra

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the most popular celebrities in the world, but his box office charm seems to be wearing off – if he ever had it in the first place. Johnson rose to fame in professional wrestling as “The Rock” before turning to Hollywood where he was cast in a number of box office hits; however, his more recent movies have raised eyebrows after a few high-profile box office flops like Black Adam and Jungle Cruise. Black Adam’s box office was especially concerning, alongside DC League of Super-Pets because it was an failed attempt by Johnson to become the face of a larger brand.

After his public feud with Vin Diesel and departure from the Fast and Furious franchise, Johnson starred in a number of movies with varying degrees of box office success, but now that The Rock is returning to Fast and Furious for Fast X teasing a role in part 2 (and presumably part 3, or however they’re titled since it’s now a trilogy conclusion), it feels like he’s admitting defeat since his solo movies didn’t perform as well. Has Johnson lost his power as a box office draw? Taking a look Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s full filmography shows the both the rise and fall of his box office status and where it came from.

Dwayne Johnson’s Acting Debut in The Mummy Was a Box Office Hit
Dwayne Johnson as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns, shirtless and long-haired and smiling gleefully, backdropped by Brendan Fraser in The Mummy Returns looking intense against a flaming background

After making a name for himself in wrestling with The Rock persona, Johnson’s first movie role was the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns in 2001. The Mummy was a big hit in 1999 featuring Brandon Fraser at the top of his career in addition to groundbreaking VFX, bringing in $415.9 million at the worldwide box office, so there were high expectations for The Mummy Returns. While it wasn’t as well reviewed, The Mummy Returns upped the ante with an even bigger budget, bigger CGI battles, and the addition of The Rock as the Scorpion King, pushing the box office to $435 million globally.

Following the success of The Mummy Returns, Johnson’s second role – and first starring role – was a Mummy Returns spin-off, The Scorpion King, in 2002. While The Scorpion King scored a 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (after The Mummy’s 60 percent and The Mummy Returns’ 46 percent) and earned $165.9 million worldwide. Its box office was a big drop from The Mummy Returns, but as a spin-off with a much lower budget, it was still a modest success, especially for Johnson’s first lead role. The success of The Scorpion King led to four additional straight-to-video sequels, although Johnson wasn’t involved beyond the first Scorpion King.

The Rock’s Kids & Family Movies Were His Biggest 2010s Hits After The Mummy Returns
Dwayne Johnson The Rock Tooth Fairy

Following his success in The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King, Johnson had a number of smaller movies, most of which flopped at the box office. The Rundown earned $80.8 million in 2003, Walking Tall earned $47.9 million in 2004, Be Cool earned $94.9 in 2005, Doom (a movie that was expected to prove The Rock’s viability as an action star) bombed with $58.8 million in 2005, and Gridiron Gang earned $41.5 in 2006. While those movies had low or mid-range budgets, none of them recouped their costs using the traditional 2.5x production budget break-even rule of thumb.

Johnson had much more success with kids & family movies. In 2007, The Game Plan earned $146.6 million, in 2009 Race to Witch Mountain earned $105.1 million, and in 2010 The Tooth Fairy earned $112.6 million. His biggest hit in that period was Get Smart, which earned $226.7 million in 2008, although he was merely a supporting role to Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway. Despite his wrestling background and imposing physique, he had trouble finding new success in the action genre in the 2010s. Even after his stretch of kids’ movies, Johnson had another action flop with Faster in 2009, earning just $35.8 million.

Fast Five Changed Everything For Both Dwayne Johnson And The Fast and The Furious Franchise
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

The Rock’s 2010s movies were mostly hit-and-miss at the box office, his career saw a major boost after his debut as Hobbs in Fast Five. Prior to Fast Five, Johnson’s average box office through 17 movies was $112.6 million, but after Fast Five, his average skyrocketed to $446 million for the next 25 movies. To be fair, he had several hits prior to Fast Five as mentioned with his debut as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns, but there was no residual impact from The Mummy Returns’ box office on his next movies, while Fast Five gave a very clear and immediate surge in his box office draw.

The clearest sign of Johnson’s career boost following Fast Five’s release in 2011 can be seen in another kids & family movie, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island in 2012. His previous kids’ movies averaged around $140 million, but Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (ironically another sequel to a box office success starring Brandon Fraser), which earned $318.1, more than double his kids & family movie box office average pre-Fast Five. It wasn’t just his kids & family movies that saw a box office boost, though. Fast Five finally proved his value to action franchises, making him a valuable addition to ensemble casts.

The Rock’s Biggest Hits Have All Been Fast and Furious or Other Ensemble Movies
Jumanji 4 the rock kevin hart Jack black

Despite the massive box office boost to his post-Fast Five career, Johnson’s highest-grossing movies are all either his appearances as Hobbs in more Fast and Furious sequels or ensemble movies with other bankable stars. His highest-grossing movies are 2015’s Furious 7 with $1.5 billion worldwide, 2017’s Fate of the Furious with $1.2 billion, 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with $961.6 million, 2019’s Jumanji: The Next Level with $798.2 million, 2013’s Fast and Furious 6 with $789.3 million, 2019’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw with $760.7 million, 2016’s Moana with $630.6 million, and 2011’s Fast Five with $630 million.

There’s nothing wrong with his biggest roles coming from ensembles. It should actually be expected, as with franchises like the MCU, it’s normal for team-up movies to make more than solo movies; however, this doesn’t fit with the brand of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a bankable movie star in his own right, and may have had something to do with him distancing himself from the Fast and Furious franchise for a period of time. On the flip side, his return to the franchise coming after a few box office bombs suggests he recognizes the boost he gets from big ensemble casts.

The Rock’s Biggest Solo Movies Haven’t Been Big Enough Box Office Hits
Dwayne Johnson hangs from a ledge in Skyscraper

That’s not to say Johnson isn’t a bankable star. San Andreas, a movie sold entirely on his name and face, earned $456.3 million globally with modest hits from other starring roles like Skyscraper’s $304.9 million or Hercules’ $243.4 million. Even Black Adam’s $391.3 million would be a big hit if it weren’t for the movie’s massive budget and repeated boastful claims that “the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change.” His big solo hits are comparable in box office to many MCU solo movies, but never quite on the level of Robert Downey Jr.’s solo success with Iron Man 3’s $1.2 billion.

The biggest problem with his starring roles is that, despite their success, none of them were super hits or big enough to create demand for a franchise. Another problem is the high-profile box office flops like Baywatch and Jungle Cruise that prove his name alone isn’t enough to draw a crowd. Ironically, his biggest hit without an ensemble is Hobbs & Shaw, but that’s both a Fast and Furious spin-off and also saw a box office drop compared to previous Fast and Furious movies, which doesn’t help sell the idea that Johnson can carry a franchise on his own apart from the rest of the Fast and Furious cast.

Dwayne Johnson’s Box Office Magic Didn’t Meet the Hype
Dwayne Johnson looking off-screen in Black Adam

Ironically, the biggest problem with The Rock’s box office on his starring roles isn’t his ability to sell tickets – it’s his ability to sell tickets to match his own hype. Coming up in professional wrestling, the public image of a performer is innately tied to their character’s persona. While Johnson has sidelined The Rock persona in favor of “Dwayne Johnson,” the expectations are still there. His filmography and box office are more than sufficient to make him one of the biggest stars in the world, but they don’t quite support the unstoppable brand image of “Dwayne Johnson” established in interviews and on social media.

Ironically, The Rock’s career would look a lot more like Vin Diesel’s if he hadn’t built a big movie star image. Diesel is known for iconic roles in smaller roles like Riddick and Xander Cage, and even The Fast and the Furious started out the same way before the franchise exploded at the box office with Fast Five. Like Johnson, Diesel’s biggest hits are ensemble movies like Fast and Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy while his solo movies are all modest low-budget hits. The difference is Diesel doesn’t project the same movie star persona, so even smaller Vin Diesel roles like Riddick, Xander Cage, or Bloodshot don’t look so humbling.

The big difference, of course, is Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto is at the head of the Fast and Furious movies, and Johnson could never usurp that role with Hobbs. Hobbs and Shaw could have given him similar footing to Diesel in the franchise if it had been a bigger hit, but Johnson’s participation in the Fast and Furious movies requires Hobbs to play eternal second fiddle (at best) to Diesel’s Dom. Black Adam was the big gamble for Johnson. If it had been a huge hit and truly changed “the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe,” he would command far more star power at the head of a franchise, but instead he has to return to Fast and Furious.

The Rock is Admitting Defeat By Returning to the Fast and Furious Franchise
Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam and Luke Hobbs in Fast and Furious

Prior to Fast Five, the highest-grossing movie in the franchise was Fast and Furious at $360.4 million. Fast Five made $626.1 million, supercharging the franchise at the box office, so it’s easy to make an argument that Johnson’s addition was the reason for the box office growth. While that may be partially true, Johnson owes just as much credit to Fast Five for the growth in his own career. The clear demarcation in his box office draw before and after Fast Five proves its role in making him the star he is now, but his solo box office apart from Fast and Furious also proves his dependence on the franchise.

Related: The Rock’s Fast & Furious Return: 10 Biggest Implications & Changes

The fact that the massive boost correlated with the introduction of Hobbs shouldn’t be dismissed as Johnson is one of the strongest additions to the franchise, and Fast 9 was lacking without him. Just like with Vin Diesel, who’s a huge box office draw in the Fast and Furious franchise, but can’t match that box office on his own, Johnson struggles to find the same box office success part from Fast and Furious movies, and his return to the franchise for the Fast X sequel(s) after his public feud with Vin Diesel is a tacit acknowledgment that he can’t see the same box office success in his solo projects.

While the context of Johnson and Diesel’s feud and Black Adam flopping prior to his Fast and Furious return may make it look like a loss for Johnson, the franchise is at its best critically and financially when he’s a part of it, proving his value to the Fast and Furious movies, to Diesel, and to the audience. While the reality of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s box office impact may not always match his hype, that doesn’t change the fact that he’s still one of the world’s biggest celebrities and will continue selling tickets as a part of the Fast and Furious franchise and on his own projects for years to come.

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Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Updates Makes The Rock’s New Hobbs Spinoff Even More Confusing

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Fast & Furious 11 will be the final ride for the franchise, closing the Toretto chapter after many years of success and some recent disappointments.
The status of The Rock’s Hobbs spinoff, Hobbs & Reyes, is uncertain as plans for the franchise’s finale have undergone changes.
While Fast 11 may mark the end of the main series, there is potential for Johnson’s character Hobbs to continue with solo adventures in the aftermath.

The latest update for Fast and Furious 11 suggests the saga truly is coming to a close soon – leaving Dwayne Johnson’s planned Hobbs spinoff in a strange place. After struggling for about a decade to find his footing as a leading man, The Rock finally broke through with his supporting role in Fast Five. His character Hobbs was essentially a human tank chasing after Dom (Vin Diesel) and his gang, and Johnson completely stole the 2011 sequel.

He continued with the Fast and Furious movies for several entries, but after a high-profile falling out with Diesel during The Fate of the Furious, he exited. Of course, Johnson’s stardom was at the point where he could focus on his own project, though he did reteam with Jason Statham for spinoff Hobbs and Shaw. In Fast X’s mid-credits scene, Johnson made a shock return as Hobbs – after previously vowing to never return to the main series. This brief scene teased the upcoming spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, where Johnson’s character will face off against Jason Momoa’s vengeful Reyes.

Fast & Furious 11’s Finale Plans Make The Rock’s Hobbs Movie Confusing
Hobbs & Reyes’ status needs to be confirmed
Dominic Toretto overtop Fast X scene of cast eating at table

Before the release of the 2023 sequel, star and producer Diesel suggested Fast and Furious 11 might not be the end, as originally planned. Instead, Diesel said the finale could be extended to two more installments, but following Fast X’s disappointing box office performance, the story will indeed wrap up with one last ride. In a recent Instagram post, Diesel confirmed the eleventh outing will be “the grand finale” – which makes the current status of Hobbs & Reyes a tad confusing.

Vin Diesel looking serious as Dom in Fast X. Related Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Plans Reaffirmed By Vin Diesel In Emotional Development Update VIn Diesel offers an update on Fast & Furious 11’s development, reaffirming the next sequel will be the end for the mainline franchise.

There hasn’t been much heard about the offshoot since it was first confirmed in 2023, though it’s said to bridge the gap between Fast X and the next outing. Whether this means it will resolve the latter’s cliffhanger ending or feature any other main entry cast members are also unknown.

If
Fast 11
is truly arriving in April 2025, that doesn’t leave much time for
Hobbs & Reyes
to enter production and come out before its release date. Unless the project has already begun filming in secret – which feels very doubtful – there are signs the plan for Hobbs’ next adventure have changed.

How The Rock’s New Fast & Furious Movies Will Tie Into Fast 11
Will the spinoff truly bridge the gap between Fast X & 11?
Hobbs and Dante Reyes looking sideways in the Fast and Furious movies

When the spinoff was announced, the intention was for Hobbs & Reyes to take place between parts ten and eleven, and set the stage for the latter. Given the tepid response to Fast X, reports suggest the roadmap for Fast 11 has changed. These changes are said to include a new villain to replace Reyes and a more streamlined narrative that will take the series back to basics. Given how bloated the last chapter felt, these alterations sound like they’re for the best, but they don’t bode well for Hobbs & Reyes.

Given that it was Hobbs who pulled the trigger on his father in Fast Five, it makes all the sense in the world that Momoa’s Reyes would seek revenge on Hobbs. If anything, the pairing of Johnson and Momoa sounds epic, and if Fast and Furious 11 truly is getting a new antagonist, it would work in the finale’s favor if Hobbs took down Reyes before then. Again, the lack of visible movement on Hobbs & Reyes puts a giant question mark on it, since it doesn’t appear it will beat Fast 11 to the big screen.

Will Fast & Furious Truly End After Fast 11?
Is it the end of the road for Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs too?

All of this leads to the central question: will Fast and Furious 11 actually end the entire franchise, or will it branch off in a new direction? Assuming Hobbs & Reyes doesn’t beat the next entry to theaters as originally planned, it would be odd for Fast 11 to “end” the saga, only for Johnson’s Hobbs to have a solo adventure straight after. It would be stranger for Hobbs & Reyes to arrive before the next sequel and become a hit, which would surely lead to calls for more sequels, undermining Fast and Furious 11’s ending claims.

Fast & Furious Movies Featuring The Rock Release Year Fast Five 2011 Fast & Furious 6 2013 Furious 7 2015 The Fate of the Furious 2017 Hobbs & Shaw 2019 Fast X 2023

The franchise was largely bulletproof for many years, but the reception to both Fast X and F9: The Fast Saga has shown cracks in the armor. Two decades on, it’s about time to wrap up the Toretto chapter and let the family enjoy their barbeques in peace without being targeted by the vengeful third cousin of a past villain. Fast and Furious 11 must deliver on its promise to end this part of the series – but there’s no reason Johnson’s Hobbs couldn’t continue for solo adventures in the aftermath either.

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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.Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures

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The Rock Will Have To Save Fast & Furious Again 14 Years After Doing It In Fast Five

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The Rock’s return to Fast & Furious signals the end of his beef with Vin Diesel and a pivot in his career.
Fast 11 needs a streamlined approach, shedding excess characters and bloated plots to regain momentum.
The franchise has evolved significantly since Fast Five, but Hobbs’ return may be crucial to its future success.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s first appearance in the Fast and Furious saga drove it to new heights, but over a decade on, can he do it all again? The Rock was such a charismatic presence during his WWE days that he felt like a natural fit for movie stardom – but it was a long road to get there. Most of his early star vehicles like The Rundown underperformed, and he was soon relegated to mediocre kids’ movies like The Tooth Fairy. It wasn’t until he was cast as Hobbs in Fast Five that his star persona finally clicked.

Hobbs evolved from an enemy to an ally of Dom’s (Vin Diesel) crew and scored his own spinoff with 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw. Outside of the Fast & Furious franchise, Johnson’s career took off in a major way too, with a run of hits that included his Jumanji sequels and Rampage. His high-profile falling out with Vin Diesel made it appear he would never return to the main series, but Fast X’s mid-credits sequence revealed Hobbs was indeed coming back, and being targeted by new villain Reyes (Jason Momoa).

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Related Fast & Furious’ Next Movie Must End The Franchise’s 9-Year Downward Trend

The Rock’s Fast & Furious Return Comes Alongside Fast X’s Box Office Disappointment
Will Johnson’s Hobbs come to the rescue of Dom and friends?
Custom image of Dwayne Johnson a Hobbs in Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Just how much Hobbs and Dom will interact in the upcoming Fast and Furious 11 remains to be seen, but Johnson and Diesel at least appear to be on speaking terms again. Fast X’s Hobbs scene was a genuine surprise to fans, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. The tenth installment was a troubled production, with original helmer Justin Lin quitting the project and being replaced by Louis Leterrier. The movie’s budget also ballooned to $340 million (via The Numbers), with Fast X’s eventual $714 million gross being seen as a disappointment by Universal.

The sequel was greeted with unenthused reviews too, and there are signs of general audience fatigue with the whole saga. Hobbs was missed during the last two entries, with the character being a good counterbalance to Dom’s self-serious presence, and while Hobbs & Shaw had issues of its own, it was more entertaining than Fast X. Johnson is a natural fit for this intentionally overblown franchise, and he brings a welcome amount of humor and macho energy to proceedings.

Fast & Furious Needs To Regain Momentum Ahead Of Fast X, Part 2
Fast 11 needs to get audiences excited again

A big sin of Fast X is that it reheated plot beats and twists the series had covered already, including yet another villain seeking revenge for the defeat of a family member. Most of the cast were split up into smaller groups, and the film had too many subplots and characters to track. If followers of the series felt fatigued by how bloated the narrative was, the film must have been near incomprehensible to newcomers. There are reports that Fast and Furious 11 will go back to basics, with a simple mission and a new villain.

Stripping away the excess – both in terms of characters and sidequests – will be crucial to Fast 11 regaining some sense of momentum. Even the action sequences in Fast X were lacking in genuine thrills or invention, and for a movie with “Fast” in the title, it didn’t feel very propulsive. Like with the purported superhero fatigue currently affecting the MCU, audiences may be getting weary of Fast and Furious’ bag of tricks. If part eleven is truly the end of the road, it really needs to focus on delivering an emotionally satisfying, flab-free outing.

The Next Fast & Furious Movies Can’t Repeat Fast X’s Mistakes
Hobbs and Reyes should take note from Fast X’s reception
A custom of Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Jason Momoa as Dante Reyes in Fast X

Alongside the next sequel, Johnson and Momoa will square off in Hobbs & Reyes, which is set to bridge the gap between Fast X and Fast 11. Given the hammy energy Momoa brought to the sociopathic Reyes, the pairing of him and Johnson should make the spinoff a fun one. An advantage of the Hobbs’ spinoffs is they’re free to untangle themselves from the baggage of the main story and can play with the rules a little. Hobbs vs Reyes already indicates a leaner storyline, but the next main entry isn’t so lucky.

Fast X’s cliffhanger ending left too many plates spinning, including the fates of Dom, his son and most of the gang after Reyes outsmarted them all. Presumably, the outcome of this will have to wait until Fast and Furious 11 is released, though if Hobbs and Reyes is set between the two sequels, the spinoff may have to deal with some of Fast X’s fallout too. If the news of the next sequel focusing on a single mission is true, this is a step in the right direction.

The tenth movie pulled itself into too many directions, so Fast 11 needs a streamlined approach. It doesn’t require any more wacky plot twists or surprise family members and must deliver on the promise of closing out the current era of the series. Instead of holding out for yet another sequel, Diesel should focus his creative energies on giving Dom and pals the sendoff they deserve, and realize that Fast X’s maximalist hurt the movie.

Fast & Furious (& The Rock’s Career) Have Changed A Lot Since Fast Five
Johnson’s return doesn’t guarantee a Fast & Furious return to form
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Every Fast & Furious Featuring Hobbs Release Year Fast Five 2011 Fast and Furious 6 2013 Furious 7 2015 The Fate of the Furious 2017 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 2019 Fast X 2023

Johnson’s Fast and Furious comeback is exciting because it means the beef between him and Diesel is officially squashed, and that Hobbs is no longer an outcast from the main storyline. That’s all good news, but in reality, Johnson’s career outside the property has changed in recent years. While his box office record was once unimpeachable, Johnson’s returning off the back of the high-profile failure of Black Adam, and the critical drubbing faced by projects like Red Notice.

In truth, the decision to return to Fast and Furious was likely to give his own career a little boost. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but while he’s arguably the biggest star of the main cast, The Rock could use a couple of solid box-office hits too. The main Fast and Furious films have changed a lot since Hobbs’ debut in the fifth film. Fast Five officially marked the turning point where they switched from street race action movies to the global-hopping blockbusters they transformed into.

The series is barely recognizable from its early days and has only become more outlandish. Hobbs’ return obviously won’t have the same impact as his Fast Five introduction, but it should at least signal the end of the series is near and all the key players will be there. If the franchise is to continue beyond the Toretto clan, Johnson’s Hobbs is the natural way to go, so he may be responsible for saving Fast and Furious in more ways than one.

Fast X
is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Source: The Numbers

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.Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures

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Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Plans Reaffirmed By Vin Diesel In Emotional Development Update

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Fast & Furious 11
marks the end of the mainline franchise, with Vin Diesel confirming the finale in an emotional Instagram post.
Diesel shared that story meetings for the movie are complete, promising an incredibly powerful conclusion to the Fast Saga.
While the mainline franchise will conclude with
Fast & Furious 11
, spinoff films like
Hobbs & Shaw
will continue the series in the future.

While progress continues on the various spinoffs, Vin Diesel reaffirms Fast & Furious 11 will be the end for the mainline franchise in a new development update. The next installment in the long-running action franchise had been announced at the same time as Fast X’s development, with the plans for the movies to be a two-part sendoff for the series. After an initial pause due to the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes in 2023, Universal quickly got to work on putting together the script for Fast 11, with subsequent reports varying on how it would tackle its predecessor’s cliffhanger ending.

With just over a year remaining until its scheduled release date, Diesel took to his Instagram to offer an update on Fast & Furious 11’s development.

In his post, as seen above, the star/producer emotionally reflected on the franchise’s journey thus far, particularly as he reaffirms that the next movie will be the end for the mainline franchise. Diesel also offered a promising update on the movie’s development, confirming that the story meetings are finished and promising a finale in which “incredibly powerful is an understatement”.

Will The Fast & Furious Franchise Continue After 11?

Despite once being a dominant franchise at the box office, the end for Fast & Furious quickly seemed inevitable in recent years as the financial returns began dropping. While F9: The Fast Saga’s box office numbers could be chalked up to its mid-pandemic release, Fast X’s didn’t fare much better, despite touting a production budget over $100 million larger than its predecessor. This all points to a general waning interest among audiences akin to the recent superhero fatigue affecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe and remaining DC Extended Universe releases.

Though Diesel’s post confirms the end of the mainline franchise, it doesn’t mean Fast & Furious can’t continue after the upcoming eleventh movie. It was confirmed in mid 2023 that development was underway on a new standalone sequel entitled Hobbs & Reyes, with Dwayne Johnson continuing his role after his surprise return in Fast X and Jason Momoa reprising his villain role. Around the same time, Johnson also confirmed that Hobbs & Shaw 2 was still in development, but that those plans were postponed in favor of the movie bridging the gap between the tenth and eleventh movies.

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Additionally, plans for a female-led Fast & Furious spinoff were announced in 2019, with Charlize Theron expected to reprise her role as the villainous Cipher for the project, though very few updates have been shared in the years since. Given Universal seems to be generally reconfiguring their plans for the franchise’s future, it remains to be seen whether these spinoff plans will come to fruition after Fast & Furious 11. One can at least hope that Diesel’s promise of an epic finale proves to be true with the extended development time given to the next installment.

Fast X is available to stream on Prime Video.

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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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