“Fast” Films Pass “X-Men” At Box-Office

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

The “Fast & Furious” franchise has now passed the $6.29 billion mark at the global box-office thanks to the $405 million earned so far by “F9: The Fast Saga”.

As a result, the series has now passed the “X-Men” movies to become the fifth highest-grossing franchise ever.

The series now sits only behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe at $22.5 billion, “Star Wars” at $10.3 billion, “Harry Potter” at $9.2 billion and the James Bond films at $7.1 billion.

The highest-grossing entry in the franchise to date remains “Furious 7” with $1.5 billion – making it one of the highest-grossing movies in history.

“Fast 10” and “Fast 11” will shoot back-to-back starting early next year with the two entries set to conclude the main series – though further spin-offs are also in the works.

Director Justin Lin recently told CinePop that he wants to bring back Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner in the remaining films despite Walker’s untimely death:

“Bringing him back is something I think about every day. As we approach the end of the franchise, it’s a conversation I’m having. And I think about this possibility every day. But I know the decision to keep the character alive in the franchise was made while I was gone. So I have to be respectful about it. I need to feel good and confident in what happens.”

Meanwhile Helen Mirren, who plays Magdalene Shaw in the films,

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