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Fast X’s Box Office Struggle Confirms A Harsh Truth About The Fast & Furious Franchise


Fast X was a box office disappointment.
The Fast & Furious saga has lost momentum recently, which creates a challenge for Fast & Furious 11.
Fast and Furious wasted at least three perfect opportunities to conclude the saga on a high note.

Fast X’s box office disappointment confirmed a harsh truth about the status of the Fast and Furious franchise. While Fast X ended on a cliffhanger and was designed to be the first entry in a two-part grand finale, Fast X: Part 2 has yet to begin filming. The initial strategy for the release of Fast and Furious’ two-part finale seems not to have worked perfectly, especially because of how poorly Fast X was received. Regardless, Fast & Furious 11 is happening, and it has a tough job ahead of it following its predecessor’s failure.

With several hits under its belt, including two billion-dollar movies, the Fast and Furious franchise has justified its existence, particularly in the 2010s. However, the momentum that the saga acquired after Fast Five has been slowly fading away. This is exemplified by the reception of films like F9, Hobbs & Shaw, and Fast X, the last of which was expected to end on a high note that would increase the anticipation for Fast & Furious 11, which did not happen. Despite Fast X’s post-credits scene and all the surprising cameos, the movie left a lot to be desired.

Fast & Furious Should’ve Ended A Long Time Ago (& Fast X Proves It)
Fast X didn’t perform as well as its predecessors
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto in front of a custom background

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Between the poor reception from critics and audiences alike and the disappointing box office performance, Fast X proved that Fast and Furious has become too big for its own good and should have ended a long time ago. Starting with Fast Five, the Fast Saga essentially established a non-written rule that stated every new entry should be bigger and bolder than the previous one. While this strategy made for some of the best Fast and Furious movies and turned the franchise into a box office titan, it also made it difficult for the saga to keep up with itself.

Fast and Furiou
s had at least three perfect opportunities to end the saga on a high note but instead decided to recycle storylines and double down on the franchise’s tropes.

Fast X grossed $714 million at the worldwide box office, which, under normal circumstances, could be considered a satisfying result for a summer blockbuster. However, similar to other tentpole films from recent years, Fast X had a massive budget that made it difficult for the movie to be considered successful. The latest Fast and Furious movie had an estimated budget of $340 million, which does not account for marketing costs. Applying the usual 2.5 multiplier, Fast X most likely needed to make at least $850 million at the box office for it not to be considered a disappointment.

Fast and Furious Movies Worldwide Box Office (via The Numbers) The Fast and The Furious $206,458,372 2 Fast 2 Furious $236,410,607 The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift $157,794,205 Fast & Furious $359,347,833 Fast Five $629,975,898 Fast & Furious 6 $789,300,444 Furious 7 $1,511,986,364 The Fate of the Furious $1,235,534,014 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $760,732,926 F9 $719,360,510 Fast X $714,582,375

Even without considering the enormous budget, a problem that almost every IP-based blockbuster is now dealing with, Fast X’s box office results were still disappointing. As a comparison, F9 grossed $719 million despite being released at a time when movie theaters were still dealing with the effects of the pandemic. Even Hobbs & Shaw, which did not include most of the Fast Saga stars and had little to no connections to the main films, grossed more than Fast X at the worldwide box office. Fast X’s poor financial results and critical reception suggest Fast and Furious has lost its touch.

Every Time Fast & Furious Could’ve Ended On A High Note
Fast & Furious wasted several great endings

F9 was also a critical disappointment compared to its predecessor, though its box office performance cannot be compared to previous entries considering the context in which it was released. Still, there have been indicators that Fast and Furious was overstaying its welcome since at least The Fate of the Furious, the first entry in the saga produced after Paul Walker’s passing. Fast and Furious had at least three perfect opportunities to end the saga on a high note but instead decided to recycle storylines and double down on the franchise’s tropes.

The sequence in which each character fulfills their dream with the help of the money they just got could not have been a better way to wrap up the Fast Saga, which started with heists after all.

Fast Five’s ending, during which every member of Dominic Toretto’s family becomes a millionaire following the heist in Rio, was the perfect opportunity to conclude the series. The sequence in which each character fulfills their dream with the help of the money they just got could not have been a better way to wrap up the Fast Saga, which started with heists after all. Fast & Furious 6 saw Dom’s crew getting their pardons, which could also have been a good way to conclude the series. Lastly, Fast and Furious didn’t need another movie after Brian’s farewell in Furious 7.

The Fast Saga Is In A Tricky Position Ahead Of Fast & Furious 11
Fast X was supposed to be the first chapter of the finale
Jason Momoa as Dante and Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto in Fast X in front of a custom background Custom image by Yeider Chacon

Between Fast Five and The Fate of the Furious, it seemed like the Fast and Furious franchise had become fail-proof, which naturally led to more sequels being made. Fast Five saw a massive jump at the box office compared to Fast & Furious (2009), which indicated that audiences were ready for more action-packed Fast and Furious films regardless of how many cars or street racing sequences were featured. Fast & Furious 6 did better than its predecessor, and it was followed by the first billion-dollar movie in the saga, Furious 7.

A Hobbs spinoff movie building up from
Fast X
‘s post-credits scene was announced by Dwayne Johnson shortly after the movie premiered, but it’s unclear when it will be released.

While The Fate of the Furious didn’t outgross its predecessor, it still made over a billion dollars globally too. All of these results were indicators that whatever Fast and Furious was doing was working, which is no longer the case. Fast X being bigger than the other films in almost every way did not translate into the film’s quality, let alone into its commercial success. Fast X was supposed to be the first chapter of a two-part finale, which puts Fast & Furious 11 in a difficult position in terms of how it should be marketed.

Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Deliver The Finale The Saga Deserves
Fast X’s problems need to stay behind

Vin Diesel and the Toretto Family in The Fast and Furious Franchise

Fast & Furious 11 is currently titled Fast X: Part 2 and is expected to premiere on April 4, 2025. Regardless of the title, the next Fast and Furious movie should try to distance itself from Fast X and instead deliver a standalone conclusion to the series. Fast & Furious 11 needs to be the finale the Fast Saga deserves after so many successful movies released across more than 20 years. The Fast and Furious series has had highs and lows over the past two decades, but the finale must be as satisfying as possible.

2:38 Fast-X-Vin-Diesel Related Fast & Furious’ Next Movie Must End The Franchise’s 9-Year Downward Trend The next Fast and Furious movie will have the responsibility of breaking the franchise’s near-decade trend of decline at the box office.

There have been rumors about Fast and Furious going back to its roots for the final movie, which is difficult to imagine considering how Fast X ended. Still, if the final Fast and Furious film finds a way to recapture some of the magic of the earlier films, it could deliver a good conclusion to the story of Dominic Toretto’s family regardless of Fast X’s problems. A smaller, more focused film is what Fast and Furious needs after a series of disappointing entries, but whether Fast & Furious 11 will pull it off remains to be seen.

Sources: The Numbers

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Fast X Poster Fast X ScreenRant logo Vin Diesel and the family return for the tenth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise in Fast X. Charlize Theron returns as Cipher joining forces with Dante Reyes, a former foe of the Fast Family seeking revenge for the death of his father Hernan Reyes, after the events of Fast Five. Fast X is part one of a two-part conclusion to the franchise.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date May 19, 2023 Cast Vin Diesel , Michelle Rodriguez , Jason Statham , Jordana Brewster , Tyrese Gibson , Ludacris , Nathalie Emmanuel , Charlize Theron Runtime 141 Minutes Budget $340 Million

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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

Related 10 Most Exciting Things To Expect From Fast 11 Fast & Furious 11 will pull all the strings to become bigger than the previous installments, and here is why the film is worth being excited about.

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

Related Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison Dom’s death happening in Fast & Furious 11 may have been spoiled already, with Vin Diesel comparing the upcoming movie to another big franchise.

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.

2:34 Image 147 Related Predicting The Ending Of All 13 Fast & Furious Characters In Fast 11 The Fast Saga is set to conclude with Fast & Furious 11 – or Fast X 2 – but how will Dom Toretto and his family’s stories come to a definitive end?

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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