Why Vin Diesel and the 'Fast and the Furious' Franchise Should Eye the Exit Ramp; Screen Writer Still Has No Idea How To End The Franchise

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Apr 17, 2017 05:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Cars from the movie on display as Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez visit Washington Heights on behalf of 'The Fate Of The Furious' on April 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo : Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

After eight films and over $4 billion in box office returns, there is a growing clamor for the "Fast and Furious" franchise to finally make a graceful exit. There are suggestions for Universal to give Dominic Torreto, Hobbs, and other cast members a fitting send off. "Fate of the Furious" broke box office records when it opened with a $532.5 million.

Variety reports that no other movie franchise in history can match the success of the "Fast and the Furious." It is a franchise known for injecting new blood into the franchise such as Dwayne Johnson and more recently Jason Statham. However, some felt that the series should have ended a few installments ago. After the death of Paul Walker, many people would have understood if "Furious 7" was entirely shelved.

There are, however, indications that the popularity of "Fast and the Furious" is starting to disappear. Although it opened with a record-shattering $532.5 million worldwide, It opened with just $100.2 million in the US, which is a far cry from its predecessor's $147.2 million bow. The latest installment also got moderate to hostile reviews. Thanks to an opening $190 million in China, the film's overall revenues reached a record level. However, US studios will only get 25% of the sales.

Yahoo reveals that its screenwriter Chris Morgan still has no clear idea on how the "Fast and the Furious" franchise would end. One of the film's stars Vin Diesel described the latest installment as the start of a new trilogy, which means the franchise could still go beyond "Fast 10." Still, there is no sign that the franchise is coming to an end. The latest film was marred with alleged reports of a feud between main stars Johnson and Diesel to the point that the former taking the conflict to social media.

Adding more sequels to the "Fast and the Furious" franchise could eventually become costly for the filmmakers. The first film had a budget of only $38 million while the last installment had a $190 million price tag. "Fate of the Furious" had a budget of $250 million.

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