“Fast & Furious X” cost $340 million. Is it the most expensive film in the saga?
In theaters since May 17, Fast & Furious X by Louis Leterrier is the first part of the grand finale of the franchise started in 2001 by Rob Cohen.
In this feature film, Dom (Vin Diesel) and his family will have to face Dante Reyes, played by Jason Momoa. The latter is none other than the son of Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), mafia whose account was relegated by Dom and Brian (Paul Walker) in Fast Five. But he had a son. 12 years after the death of his father, Dante returns to take revenge and he is determined to take from Dom what he holds most dear: his family.
Announced with a budget of 200 million dollars, the tenth part of the motorized adventures of Dom Toretto and his family finally cost the modest sum of 340 million dollars. Last November, the site The Wrap indeed revealed that the budget of the penultimate opus of the saga had flown away.
In question: inflation, the increase in the salary of the many stars of the franchise, the special effects and filming locations as well as the increase in production costs linked to health requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A budget almost reimbursed during the first weekend of exploitation of the film in theaters. Fast & Furious X has indeed earned nearly $ 320 million at the international box office.
Fast & Furious 10 is the most expensive film in the saga?
The film thus becomes the most expensive of the franchise ahead of Fast & Furious 8 and its $250 million budget (for revenues of $1.2 billion worldwide), Fast & Furious 9 and the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw , tied with budgets of $200 million, or even Furious 7 and its 190 million budget for receipts of 1.5 billion (making it the most profitable film in the saga).
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By way of comparison, the first opus, released in 2001, had a budget of 38 million greenbacks, while its direct sequel without Vin Diesel, 2 Fast 2 Furious, cost twice that: $76 million. Tokyo Drift and the fourth episode had a budget of $85 million.
The budget has steadily increased over the years. Logical thing when you see the results of films at the box office.
Nevertheless, if the budget of Fast & Furious X is fabulous, the feature film is not the most expensive in history. According to the magazine Forbesthis one would be Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a total budget (including marketing costs) of $533.2 million.