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Ludacris reveals why The Fast and Furious franchise is still going

Rachel Lang

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Ludacris reveals why The Fast and Furious franchise is still going

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Ludacris has revealed why he and his Fast and Furious 'family' keep making so many movies.

Well, as it turns out, the 'family' is making a motser from rev-heads and action lovers at the box office.

The rapper-turned-actor has had enough of the naysayers out there who have complained about the high-octane, long-running franchise.

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He sat down with SHOWTIME Basketball to put those whiners on blast, shedding light on the profitability of the movie series since the original movie, The Fast and the Furious, dropped all the way back in 2001.

"I hear people say all the time, 'Why do y’all keep doing these movies?' That’s the dumbest f**king question in the world," Ludacris said.

"Imma (sic) tell you why. Because no matter what industry we are in, podcasts, music, movies, it’s all about a bottom line. It’s all about how much you spend compared to how much you make."

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He then revealed just how healthy his bank account has been since signing on to the franchise in 2003 with the follow-up film 2 Fast 2 Furious.

"We’re making billions of f**king dollars and I’m saying that like I’m just giving you my heart.

"I’m not trying to brag or nothing. [But] if you spend USD$200 million (AUD$307 million, £162 million) and you make a billion, who the f**k is you going to tell to stop shooting movies when you making USD$800 motherf**king million (AUD$1.2 billion, £648 million) every time?"

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That sounds like a brag to us, but who are we kidding? With that sort of moolah, he can do what he wants.

And, honestly, the numbers back him up.

Fast X opened on May 19 to a huge USD$67 million (AUD$102 million, £54 million) at the domestic box office and an eye-watering USD$319 million (AUD$489 million, £258 million) worldwide.

As per time of writing, the film has now made a massive USD$348 million (AUD$534 million, £282 million) at the global box office worldwide.

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Jason Momoa plays bad guy Dante in Fast X. Credit: Universal
Jason Momoa plays bad guy Dante in Fast X. Credit: Universal

The long-running series of 10 films has now made USD$7 billion globally (AUD$10 billion, £5.6 billion), placing it just behind the James Bond franchise in worldwide earnings.

James Bond currently sits at about USD$7.8 billion (AUD$12 billion, £6.3 billion) in worldwide gross, ScreenRant reports.

The milestone also means the Fast and Furious series is now the fifth highest-earning film franchise of all time, which is simply staggering if you ask us.

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Fast X is in cinemas now, the penultimate addition in what may be a two or three part ending.

Topics: Film & TV, Fast and Furious, Entertainment, Celebrity, Money, Film and TV

Rachel Lang
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