Why Fast and Furious Franchise Runs on Diesel

Fast and Furious Franchise

“It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or by a mile.  Winning is winning.” – Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel)

It’s only fitting Vin Diesel’s character said that as the winning formula for this Fast and Furious series has revolved around Diesel.  Much like the cars the characters drive get their boost from NOS (I still don’t know what that means).

Remember this?…

Ahhh, they look so young.

“People are just drawn to my brother.”  – Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster)

Audiences flock to see Fast and Furious movies when Vin Diesel is behind the wheel.  What do you remember about 2 Fast 2 Furious?  How about Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift?  Guess what was missing from both those flicks…yep, the bald guy. I don’t remember much except  a car flying on to a boat, a cameo by a former Home Improvement kid (Zachery Ty Bryan for those playing at home), oh, and an appearance by Vin Diesel at the end of Tokyo Drift.  These movies were the equivalent of a traffic jam on a freeway, frustrating and not really going anywhere.

As they say (not really sure who but he or she does), numbers never lie.    Thank-you to Boxofficemojo.com for the numbers.  

The Fast and the Furious – $144,533,925

2 Fast 2 Furious – $ 127,154,901

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – $62,514,415

Fast and Furious – $155,064,265

Fast Five – $209,837,675

Fast and Furious 6 – $???????, but it’s already off to a huge start at the box office.

2 Fast 2 Furious did better than I remembered but that’s probably more thanks to the ground work laid by the first movie, and fans showed their lack of love for a non-Diesel flick by not showing up to Tokyo Drift.

However, when Torretto emerges from the underworld in Fast and Furious, the audience returned. And that turnout just grew, resulting in a huge chunk of change for ‘Fast Five’. Shouldn’t franchises being slowing down after five films?

It’s evident the man who prefers ‘Detroit muscle’ over ‘import’ (sorry) is the key to the success of the movies according to fans. But don’t discount Paul Walker’s character, Bryan O’Connor. Unfortunately he’s better as a sidekick than a leading man here. Robin to Torretto’s Batman, perhaps?

A few things to think about as you head into see Furious 6, if you haven’t already, besides the fact you can probably expect it to stay with the successful formula… I’ve heard there’s a few surprises when it comes to character’s fates,  a return of characters you didn’t expect, and, like the other movies, stick around for the credits.

Sorry Paul, (to be corny) it’s Diesel that runs through the engines of the Fast and Furious franchise. Fingers crossed he sticks around for the seventh film. Yep, they’re already making it.

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