Celebrities, like the rest of us, don’t always get along. For us common folk, the offenses usually stay between us. Not so with famous people. Lately, a long simmering feud between Dywane Johnson and his former Fast & Furious co-stars resurfaced when Johnson was out promoting his F&F spinoff called Hobbs and Shaw. Tyrese Gibson, one of his F&F co-stars, went public with noise about the movie’s relatively low opening weekend box office…the lowest opening for the franchise since 2006. Apparently, the friction goes back to 2016 when the Rock first criticized co-star Vin Diesel on Instagram and re-emerged when the Hobbs & Shaw shooting schedule forced a delay of the next Fast & Furious shooting schedule. Of course, the opening weekend in the US is a big deal, but with these high-adventure films, global numbers can matter more, which gave Dwayne Johnson his response. It turns out that so far H & S has earned more than $700 million worldwide, fifth best of the franchise. Don’t mess with The Rock.
Hobbs & Shaw is a $200 million, star-studded, summer blockbuster that is some distance from its origins in the first Fast & Furious movie, a somewhat innocent version of cops vs robbers vs corruption featuring cool street cars straight out of a Need for Speed video game. What started with Paul Walker (RIP) and Vin Diesel, second level stars at the time, has morphed into countless films featuring current first tier stars like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham, Eva Mendes and Kurt Russell. F & F has evolved into a mighty movie franchise. In Hobbs & Shaw, The Rock and Statham team up to take on bad guys much to their chagrin. They try to save Shaw’s (Statham) sister (Vanessa Kirby) who is a M16 agent. The franchise may be bigger, but is it better? Has it devolved into typical action movie with fighting, guns, good guys vs. bad guys, cars, and other wild and crazy vehicular scenes; aerial, on the ground or by the sea? To insure its appeal, the film throws in Ryan Reynolds, Idris Elba, Rob Delaney, and Kevin Hart. Question: How far can $200 million take you?