WATCH | Despite the success of the "Fast and the Furious" films (including "The Fate of the Furious," opening Friday), Vin Diesel's box-office track record is spotty. Especially when he's a leading man.
Excluding that franchise and "Guardians of the Galaxy," his movies have grossed an average of $23.3 million domestically since 2006, according to Box Office Mojo:
- "Find Me Guilty"(2006): $1,173,643
- "Babylon A.D." (2007): $22,532,572
- "Riddick" (2013): $42,025,135
- "The Last Witch Hunter"(2015): $27,367,660
- "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"(2016): $1,738,477
- "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage"(2017): $44,898,413
Although two of his biggest non-"Fast and the Furious" hits, "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Saving Private Ryan," were critical and box-office darlings, Diesel was a supporting player in both films. And in the more recent of the two, most of his dialogue was limited to "I am Groot."
Among non-"Fast and the Furious" films in which Diesel received top billing, only 2002's "xXx" and 2006's "The Pacifier" grossed more than $100 million in the U.S.
And while "xXx" Is Diesel's top box-office film as a lead ($142 million domestic gross), he only claimed the role of Xander Cage when Eric Bana dropped out, according to ScreenRant.
He did star in 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick," but its domestic take of $58 million halved the film's $105 million budget. (Thankfully for all involved, the worldwide box office helped the movie turn a modest profit.)
Luckily for him, the first seven “Fast and the Furious” movies grossed a combined $1.3 billion in the U.S., and $3.9 billion worldwide.
In addition to "The Fate of The Furious," Diesel is expected to appear in the ninth and 10th "Fast and the Furious" movies, slated for release in 2019 and 2021, respectively.
Regardless of box office take, Diesel just seems to be taking it all in stride.
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