Wonder Why Wednesday: Fast & Furious

This is a big weekend. Over the course of three days, America gets three big events that come just once a year.

Easter. The Final Four. And the release of the latest Fast and The Furious movie.

I can’t remember a more jam packed weekend since November 1996 when both Thanksgiving and Space Jam happened.

If you don’t think that the Fast and The Furious movie is a big event in America, think again. A combination of fast cars, The Rock & non-stop action. What is more American than that? People loves those things. As evidence by the sheer number of movies in this franchise.


That is how many Fast and the Furious movies have been made. The number of Fast and the Furious movies almost equals the total number of people who have walked on the moon.

As I said earlier, people love these movies. They wouldn’t keep making these movies unless people were watching. That got me wondering…Just how much money has the Fast and the Furious franchise made? Let’s find out in today’s Wonder Why Wednesday.

How Much Money Has the Fast and the Furious Franchise Made?

For those unfamiliar with The Fast and the Furious franchise, I will give you a brief recap, courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Fast and the Furious is an American franchise including a series of action films, which center on illegal street racing and heists, and various other media portraying the characters and situations from the films. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the series was established with the 2001 film titled The Fast and the Furious; followed by six sequels, two short films that tie into the series, and a video game series.”

Following of the release of the 6th movie, the franchise has earned $2.3 billion at the worldwide box office, becoming Universal’s biggest franchise of all time.

That is a lot of money.

Here is a screen shot from The-numbers.com that shows the amount of money each installment has earned.

fast and furious

As you can see, the box office totals range from just over $150 million to nearly $800 million. And I’d guess that Furious 7 will top all of those numbers. It might even surpass $1 billion. The total budget for the previous six moves has been nearly $600 million. That is more than the yearly gross domestic product of Tonga. In fact is greater than the GDP of 12 countries.

Side note, I also tried to find the annual number of car races in Tonga because I suspect that the amount of races in Furious 7 will top that number. Sadly I couldn’t find anything.



Photo credit: Wikipedia