MFF Special: A Closer Look at the Corona Drinking in The Fast and The Furious Franchise
You can have any brew you want, as long as it’s a Corona
Socrates (AKA Dom Toretto)
With these beautiful words The Fast and the Furious announced its glorious partnership with Corona. Corona saw its zenith in The Fast & The Furious, but it got a massive push in Furious 7 when Dom famously turned down delicious Belgian beer in favor of a bucket of Corona. Corona and the Fast world have become synonymous with each other and have built a beautiful world in which nobody gets drunk or gains weight due to excessive drinking. However, after rewatching all the films I’ve come to realize Corona doesn’t play that big of a role in the Fast world. In my mind, the entire team are always incorrectly chugging bottled beer while cruising around the earth engaging in shenanigans. I am 100% serious when I say I was surprised when I compiled the numbers of Corona sightings. Here are the numbers.
- The Fast and the Furious – 12 bottles opened and consumed (but never finished) – several empty bottles
- 2 Fast 2 Furious – 0
- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – 0
- Fast and Furious – 4-6
- Fast Five – 0
- Fast and Furious 6 – 10 bottles laying around
- Furious 7 – 4 bottles in bucket
Here are some facts:
- The beer is only consumed when the gang is in California.
- The only time anybody other than Dom drinks Corona is when they are with Dom.
- No Corona is ever finished
- Some people don’t know how to drink beer.
I still don’t understand this moment….
The following post breaks down the data on the Fast and Furious franchise and analyzes whether or not Corona consumption affects box office and audience/critical reaction. Also, I’m going to attempt to predict how many Coronas will be consumed in The Fate of the Furious.
Fast & Furious films that feature Corona
Movies: The Fast & the Furious, Fast & Furious, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7
Average Inflated Domestic Box Office: $250 million
Average RT/IMDb Combined Average: 63.25%
The box office average was boosted massively by the insane $354 million haul of Furious 7. If I had to guess why the films have done so well is because they all featured Vin in a lead role and kept the “core” team together. After Fast & Furious the series became a money printing press and learned how to really embrace the smart stupidity of it all. I love that a Point Break ripoff has grown into a certified fresh blockbuster that just won’t quit.
Fast & Furious films that don’t feature Corona
Movies: 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast Five
Average Inflated Domestic Box Office: $163 million
Average RT/IMDb Combined Average: 57%
I feel really bad for these three films because they are my favorite. My top three are 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast Five and Tokyo Drift. I think they all have their own personalities and still embraced family, cars and action. 2 Fast and Tokyo suffered from a lack of Diesel but they also introduced the world to my favorite characters Roman Pierce (Tyrese), Tej (Ludacris) and Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang). It bums me out that they are losing out to the likes of Fast & Furious and Fast & Furious 6.
Roman and Brian don’t need Corona.
The Fate of the Furious Predictions
Corona has to make an appearance in The Fate of the Furious. The product placement helps sales and even though it isn’t in LA I’m betting that 2 bottles are opened and zero are finished.
Charlize Theron’s character seems like an IPA fan.
How many Coronas do you think will be consumed in The Fate of the Furious? Make sure to check out our Fast & Furious podcast episode. It is glorious.