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Buckle up everyone, the Fast & Furious series is coming back for an eighth ride.
During its CinemaCon presentation on Thursday, Universal announced that Furious 8 would hit theaters on April 14, 2017. This is the first official announcement of the film, although it was a pretty safe bet considering how Furious 7 has performed.
As of Wednesday’s numbers Furious 7 has surpassed $1.15 billion at the global box office making it not only the highest grossing entry in the series thus far, but the highest grossing film ever for Universal. And the way things are going, the series may hit even crazier heights.
Here’s how the series has performed so far.
|The Fast and the Furious||2001||$144,533,925||$62,750,000||$207,283,925||$38,000,000|
|2 Fast 2 Furious||2003||$127,154,901||$109,195,760||$236,350,661||$76,000,000|
|The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||2006||$62,514,415||$95,953,877||$158,468,292||$85,000,000|
|Fast and Furious||2009||$155,064,265||$208,100,000||$363,164,265||$85,000,000|
|Fast & Furious 6||2013||$238,679,850||$550,000,000||$788,679,850||$160,000,000|
(Do remember those numbers for Furious 7 are not final as it is still in release)
For whatever reason, starting with the fourth film was when this series exploded. While the budgets have increased, so have the box office hauls.
Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there is every chance Paul Walker’s death played into the stratospheric numbers of Furious 7, but I highly doubt that is the sole reason for its success. Sure, there may be a bit of a dip for Furious 8, but I still am willing to bet it will bring in the money.