F. Gary Gray Is The First Black Director To Direct A Billion-Dollar Film

F. Gary Gray F8With the success of The Fate of the Furious at the worldwide box office, not only can director F. Gary Gray celebrate the individual success of his most recent film, but he also gets to enjoy a milestone that he has rightfully earned.

Now that the film has hit passed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, F. Gary Gray is now the first African American filmmaker to direct a film to hit that milestone. As of the publishing of this post, The Fate of the Furious has grossed $211 million at the U.S. domestic box office and has received over $1.16 billion in worldwide totals.

This isn’t the first milestone that F. Gary Gray has achieved as a successful black filmmaker. His previous film Straight Outta Compton (2015) helped turn him into the highest grossing black director of all-time.

Taking into account F. Gary Gray’s filmography preceding The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in Universal Pictures’ blockbuster franchise has made more money than all of his previous directorial efforts combined.

2017 is turning into the year of milestones for black filmmakers at the box office. Jordan Peele, director of Universal Pictures’ sleeper hit Get Out has become the most profitable movie of the year.

F. Gary Gray’s hard work as a prominent filmmaker has really paid off. Congratulations to him for achieving this incredible milestone.

With Dom and Letty married, Brian and Mia retired and the rest of the crew exonerated, the globe-trotting team has found some semblance of a normal life. They soon face an unexpected challenge when a mysterious woman named Cipher forces Dom to betray them all. Now, they must unite to bring home the man who made them a family and stop Cipher from unleashing chaos.
 You can see The Fate of the Furious in theaters now.

Source: Box Office Mojo; IndieWire

10 Actors Who Should Appear In The ‘Fast And Furious’ Franchise

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furiousWith the international smash hit The Fate of the Furious continuing to make an incredibly high sum of money at the box office, Universal Pictures is already working on two more sequels and a few spin-offs, bringing Dom and the rest of the family back together. But, every entry in the franchise has also introduced new heroes and villains. Most recently, Fast 8 introduced Charlize Theron in the role of Cipher.

The series has continually added familiar faces to its roster, including Dwayne Johnson in Fast Five, Jason Statham in Fast & Furious 6, and Kurt Russell in Furious 7. These high caliber actors add a sense of weight to these films and as they move forward there are many actors who could very easily fall into the franchise. There are many on people’s wish list, but it’s a perfect time to look at who would be best suited for this franchise and who should really appear in a sequel. Click Next to see our 10 picks. 

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