Former WWE Champion The Rock Saves Hollywood

By Maurice D. Proffit
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Memorial Day weekend is the opening weekend of the 6th Installment of the Fast and Furious Franchise as the worldwide opening of Fast and Furious 6 premiers. With the booming financial success of Fast Five in 2o11, Fast Six promises to do just as well and the numbers are currently proving it as we speak. It appears that pop culture has found its fluid cure to create a pathway to making sure that any project that is in the works comes out smelling like roses. That cure is two words, The Rock.

Since The Fast and Furious Franchise implemented The Rock into its film, the numbers in terms of ticket sales, ad revenue and box office dollars has shattered records. Records not only internally within the franchise, but can easily be compared with box office classics such as TransformersTwilight and The Dark Knight. Since The former WWE Champion has stepped foot into the film series, the numbers speak loud and clear of his influence.

The Fast and The Furious (Released on June 22nd 2001). Budget: $38,000,00. Worldwide Box Office: $206,512,310

2 Fast 2 Furious (Released on June 6th 2003) Budget: $76,000,00. Worldwide Box Office: $236,220,058

The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift (Released on June 16th 2006) Budget: 85,000,000. Worldwide Box Office: $157,794,205

Fast & Furious (Released on April 3rd 2009) Budget: $85,000,000. Worldwide Box Office: $363,064,265

Fast Five (Released on April 29th 2011) Budget: $125,000,000. Worldwide Budget: $628,638,927

As you can see, numbers never lie.

At one point, it looked as if the franchise would fall into obscurity and was on the verge of being a punch line. However, when injecting The Rock into the films, you see that the profit of Fast Five alone out does the first three films.

All of this can be compared to The Rock’s influence when he returned to the WWE. The last two WrestleMania‘s has seen their largest numbers in the history of the company. WrestleMania 29 alone made over 11 million dollars just with the live attendance alone. In almost its 30-year history, WrestleMania has never broken the 10 million mark in terms of live ticket sales. The Rock single handedly shatters these records when he became a fixture in the main event. Even though many fans were very much against seeing the rematch of John Cena and The Rock, the 1.3 and 1.2 million buy rates that the last two WrestleMania’s pulled in says otherwise.

Its no question at all that The Rock sets the standard in terms of excitement, intrigue and blockbuster draw when his name is added to a cast and/or a card. The Rock was more than just a media draw in for his last WWE run as the WWE Champion, but brought so much to the table to the other superstars in the back who were able to learn from him, when it comes to in ring and out of the ring performance.

Between the success of his WWE career and his ability to save the Fast and Furious franchise, you have to wonder what else we’re going to see The Rock in. Whatever it will be, all fans will be able to benefit from it as we see our favorite star continue to ascend to the top and continue to have the touch of Midas.


Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports

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