Fast X projected to gross $300 million at the box office on its debut

If the projects are correct, Fast X is on track to enjoy the franchise’s third-biggest opening weekend at the box office.

Fast X, the tenth – and possibly penultimate – installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, is set to debut in theaters this week.

Dwayne Johnson had a very public falling out with Fast & Furious headliner Vin Diesel in 2016 on the set of The Fate of the Furious.

According to Deadline’s projections, the film will gross $235 million overseas and $60+ in the US and Canada.

While the total projected gross of $295 million is in itself an impressive feat, it is less so when compared to other films in the franchise with 2017’s Fate of the Furious earning $541.9 million and 2015’s Furious 7 grossing $397.6 million on their respective debuts.

Fast X will debut in 4,000 theaters in the US and Canada before launching in 81 overseas markets, including the UK, France, Australia, Italy, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Belgium, and China.

Of particular significance is the film’s China debut where the franchise has proven very popular. Since the release of Fast & Furious 6 in 2013, the franchise has grossed over $1.2 billion in that country alone.

Fast X will follow Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and his family as they find themselves dealing with a vengeful psychopath in Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes who threatens their very existence. Reyes, the son of drug kingpin Hernan Reyes, has it out against Toretto and his crew for the loss of his family’s fortune.

Apart from Diesel, Fast X will see Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron reprise their roles from earlier in the franchise.

It will also star Momoa, Brie Larson, Daniela Melchior, Alan Ritchson, and Rita Moreno, all of whom are new additions to the cast.

Louis Leterrier directed the film based on a script by Dan Mazeau and Justin Lin, who departed due to a feud with Diesel. Leterrier will also helm Fast 11 with Christina Hodson and Oren Uziel attached to write the screenplay.

Even though the franchise has been ongoing for a long time, it appears that fans are still very much in love with it. Last week, social media was awash with rave reviews of the film by fans who got the chance to preview it ahead of its global debut.

Fast X will see Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto and his family pitted against a foe determined to exact vengeance for past grievances.

In addition to this, TheWrap’s report that Dwayne Johnson appears in Fast X’s post-credits scene, implying a return to the franchise six years after his public feud with Diesel, has sent ripples through the community and gotten fans excited.

In a recent interview with Variety alongside his co-star Rodriguez, Diesel hinted at the possibility of a twelfth installment. The Guardians of the Galaxy star stated that Universal had originally ordered a two-part finale for the franchise, they asked if he could extend it into a trilogy after they saw Fast X.

Diesel and Rodriguez hinted that Diesel accepted, although we believe that whether or not it happens will depend on the success of Fast X and Fast 11.

Fast X races into theaters on May 19 while Fast 11 will arrive at a yet-to-be-announced date in 2025.

Tobi Oguntola

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