With the exception of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, every movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise has made more than the one before it. The increases are sometimes minimal, like the original earning $207.2 million vs. $236.3 million for 2 Fast 2 Furious. Other times, they’re massive. Fast & Furious 6 brought in $788.6 million, which is impressive until you compare it to Furious 7‘s $1.52 billion (!). They needed every last dollar, too, after director James Wan spent $850 million on glass for the Rock to fall through.
That $1.52 billion is good enough for third place on the all-time box office list.
1. Avatar, $2,787,965,087
2. Titanic, $2,186,772,302
3. Furious 7, $1,520,032,910
4. The Avengers, $1,518,594,910
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron, $1,364,888,953
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, $1,341,511,219
7. Frozen, $1,279,852,693
8. Iron Man 3, $1,215,439,994
9. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, $1,123,794,079
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, $1,119,929,521
Only one of those movies was released before 2003, Titanic, which goes to show how huge that film was. Adjusting for inflation is a more accurate way of measuring now vs. then, but Box Office Mojo only tracks inflation domestically, not worldwide. If you still want to look at it that way, Furious 7‘s $351 million ranks No. 140, far below Gone with the Wind‘s $1.64 billion.
None of this will matter in 2016, when Furious 8 makes $3 billion.