FAST & FURIOUS 6 is released this week, and expectations are high considering the previous two films broke records for opening weekends in the months when they were released. Given IRON MAN 3's major opening weekend, I can't imagine FURIOUS 6 will top that, but it'll still make plenty of cash.
The funny thing is if someone told you this five or six years ago, you'd never imagine it. The first FAST & THE FURIOUS did okay business, but a Vin Diesel movie about street racing was never going to get respect. 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS was... not remembered fondly and pulled the series so low that the next film TOKYO DRIFT, didn't feature any of the old stars in major roles. That one played so much like a direct-to-video flick that it seemed inevitable that any future releases would be lucky to be theatrical.
And yet somehow, the series revived itself by bringing back the old cast in the fourth film and then completely reinvented itself as a heist film in the fifth movie. It's got to be one of the all-time most impressive and unexpected comebacks for a franchise.
So my question this week is - what franchise do you think could be capable of pulling off that reinvention and how would you save it if you were given the reigns?