Due to mass theater closings and movie delays as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), the box office is likely to see its worst year in quite a long time. Vin Diesel and his movie Bloodshot have been the biggest casualty this week even though the likes of Onward have only barely fared better.
This was just as the entire box office had taken a huge beating from coronavirus pandemic which has seen numerous countries lockdown. Onward, in its second weekend, led with a mere $10.6 million. Onward remains the best selling at the moment.
Two of last weekend’s new releases—I Still Believe and The Hunt—failed to crack $10 million. This all led to the box office having its lowest turnout in 20 years.
VIN DIESEL BLOODSHOT BOX OFFICE PERFORMANCE
This past weekend, Bloodshot only managed to rake in $9.2 million domestically and $24.3 million worldwide. And over the course of the rest of the week, the movie couldn’t even muster another $1 million. That was good enough for second place at the box office, but those figures also come in way under the film’s $45 million budget.
And while Bloodshot will undoubtedly finish in the black after an early VOD release, it does mark the end of something very significant: Vin Diesel’s incredible box office hot streak.
Vin Diesel’s incredible box office hot streak
Diesel has become a fixture in so many different franchises at this point. xXx, Fast & Furious, Guardians of the Galaxy/The Avengers, Riddick—all of these cinematic universes continually churn out hundreds of millions of dollars each and every year.
In fact, you’d have to go back to 2016 to find a Diesel movie that didn’t crack $100 million worldwide: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk made just $1.7 million in the United States and $31 million worldwide.
And prior to that? We’d have to travel all the way back to 2008 when Babylon A.D. made $23 million domestically and $72 million worldwide—which, at the end of the day, is still incredibly impressive.
Over the course of his 22-year career, Diesel starred in four of the 46 movies to ever eclipse $1 billion worldwide: Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Fate of the Furious and Furious 7. And five more of his movies made $500 million on the global market: Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Domestically, a total of 14 Diesel projects pushed past the $100 million mark. And even when a project like xXx: Return of Xander Cage or The Last Witch Hunter failed to connect with American audiences, those films typically go on to do extremely well on the worldwide market (those two movies made $346 million and $147 million respectively worldwide).
Diesel had a starring role in 24 different films dating back to 1998 prior to Bloodshot, . Between his theatrical debut and 2020, Diesel’s two dozen projects have generated $3.873 billion domestically, which comes out to an average of $161.4 million per film. On average, those films have seen a $63.2 million opening weekend.
Internationally? Diesel’s movies have produced a ridiculous total of $11.615 billion—which comes to an absolutely insane average of $483.9 million per film.
And moving beyond 2020, it would seem the hot streak is only going to continue. In the next few years, Vin Diesel is slated to star in F9, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Last Witch Hunter 2. Oh, and he just happened to join the world’s other most successful movie franchise when he signed on for Avatar 2.
Besides Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Find Me Guilty, that makes Bloodshot Diesel’s least successful project in his 22-year career—and that’s largely because of coronavirus (COVID-19). While the film might not have been one of Diesel’s most lucrative outings either way, Diesel seemingly has the power to muscle any movie to box office success—and that could have been the case with Bloodshot. But thanks to these unprecedented times, we’ll never know.
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