Hollywood Heavyweights: Box Office Running On Diesel

Franchises are the real money-makers in Hollywood, despite the fact, unless it’s the Godfather, the films gradually decline in quality – basically, the final nail in your franchise’s film will always involve Adam Sandler.

Vin Diesel, Matt Damon and Tom Cruise are the kings when it comes to franchises, with the Fast & Furious movies keeping an ageing Vinny D relevant – Dominic Toretto will forever remain a top boy – Matt Damon has been on the run for what seems like an eternity as Jason Bourne, whilst Tom Cruise is surely heading down the route of an ultimate movie, which ends with Jack Reacher and Ethan Hunt ruling the world.

Since 2005, Matt Damon has been in a remarkable 25 films – and it’s at this point that we must point out this isn’t including any cameos. Whereas, Diesel and Cruise – side note: excellent name for a crime-fighting cartoon duo – have starred in significantly less: 15 for Tom Cruise and 14 for Vin Diesel (five of these include the money-spinning Fast & Furious franchise).

Eye-watering figures; numbers that are very hard to process. And given that Damon has starred in 11 more films than Diesel and 10 more than Cruise, the fact the American’s total budget is only $200,000-$300,000 more than his fellow countrymen, highlights just how much is spent on film sets in blowing up high-end cars in Fast & Furious and over elaborate explosions for Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible adventures.

Cruise and Diesel’s average budgets are both just shy of $110million, whereas Matt Damon just falls short of the $75million mark.

It’s hard to quantify who, out of our three chosen Hollywood heavyweights, guarantees a greater profit margin for a film given the gulf in number of movies they’ve starred in since 2005 and the difference in budgets – in 1996, Mission Impossible 1 had a budget of $80million, whilst Bourne Supremacy, in 2004, had $5million less than that.

Ultimately, it all depends on what the production companies want to achieve; if they’re looking for cold-hard profit margins, then look no further than getting your boy, Vin Diesel in, for some car-based carnage. But ask anyone in 100 years if any of the Fast & Furious films make their top 50 films of all-time, you’ll be met with an eyebrow raise that says: “You can’t be serious?”

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