XXX Vs James Bond, Which Won Box-Office Race In 2002?

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XXX Vs James Bond: The 2002 Vin Diesel picture xXx was advertised as a competitor to the James Bond franchise, but how did it fare at the box office against Die Another Day?

xXx positioned itself as a challenger to the James Bond franchise, starring a Vin Diesel fresh off the heels of the first Fast and Furious, but how did xXx fair at the box office against Die Another Day?

While there’s definitely no rule against it happening in the distant future, an American actor playing James Bond seems unlikely. Bond isn’t always played by a Brit, but he’s always been European for his whole film career. In fact, a Jane Bond appears to be more likely than an American Bond.

That makes sense given that Bond is a uniquely British persona, but it does preclude American action actors from joining in on the 007 fun.

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To fill the void, a slew of American action heroes have attempted to launch a rival brand to Bond’s, with mainly dismal results, save for a few standouts like Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne trilogy and Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible movies. Bond, on the other hand, is a cut above its peers.

That didn’t stop Vin Diesel from riding up to Bond and challenging him to a box office race in 2002, with Diesel’s debut as xXx’s Xander Cage competing against Pierce Brosnan’s final hurrah as 007 in Die Another Day.

However, when it comes to money, which is, of course, the primary priority of Hollywood studios, James Bond easily defeated xXx in 2002. Die Another Day grossed $431.9 million globally, whereas xXx earned only $277.4 million.





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