The Fast and Furious franchise… It started out as a humble movie about the underground street racing scene. As time went on the movies became more about the characters and less about cars. Yet we still went and watched. To true car enthusiasts the recent Fast and Furious (including the Fate of the furious) have been heavy on action, light on cars. The series is now a full on action series that happens to have a nice car in it every now and again.
This may upset car enthusiasts but it does make the movie franchise reach a wider group of people. Studios like that, more people means more money, because God forbid the executives suffer the indignation of their Scrooge McDuck-ian style vault drop to only 50% capacity. Either way this wider reach has resulted in some fairly shocking news. The Fate of the Furious has had the best opening weekend in the history of movie opening weekends.
Fate of the Furious cruised past some uber nerd franchises like Superman v Batman, Harry Potter and Jurassic World. But to claim victory they needed to go through the king of them all. The daddy to all movie franchises, Star Wars. With an opening weekend earning nearly $5.32 million The Fate of the Furious has surpassed Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is now the movie with the highest grossing opening weekend ever. Just think about it for a brief moment, a Fast and Furious movie knocked off the mega machine that is the Star Wars Franchise. There truly is a disturbance in the force
It is interesting to note that just outside the top 5 in 6th place is the Fate of the Furious’ predecessor, Furious 7. It would appear as though the franchise’s decision to go full action and away from cars has been the correct one. If you deem correctness in dollars and cents. The last 2 movies have given executives what they wanted, box office success. While us car enthusiasts are left wanting.