The movie with the fast cars, extreme explosions, slight espionage, and an all-star cast, The Fate of the Furious, has nailed a global record for biggest movie opening. Racing past 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the eighth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise has managed to break the global box office record on opening weekend, bringing in an estimated $532.5 million worldwide. From the first film in the franchise to the last, The Fast and the Furious has been enjoying steadily increasing successes with each installment, aside from a couple. Overall, a few factors are responsible for their huge progressions over the years (image credit: Universal Pictures).

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A ton of things have fundamentally changed about the theme and content of the films since the first FF, and that has ultimately led them to a very good place. In the beginning, the movies were more about cars and racing culture, but creators of the franchise soon realized that that was not their sweet spot, as racing with the same general storyline can’t be told over and over. This led to a film that was more reminiscent of a traditional action film, with hand-to-hand combat, huge explosions, long and drawn out chase scenes, and much more guns.

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Not only has the story expanded in scope, but the budget of the film has grown so much so that they’re able to film on location in several countries around the world, instead of just Los Angeles. More money into the movie also meant adding more top-billing A-list actors, like Jason Statham, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kurt Russell, and in the latest installment, Charlize Theron was added.

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Analyzing all the films has basically revealed that the movies have evolved in such a way that they’re now more enjoyable for a larger audience, outside of just underground auto racing enthusiasts. At this rate, the Fast and the Furious definitely going to have a welcome place in the future.

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