Here's Paul in The Fast and the Furious. Look how young he looks, that beard barely stretches past his chin. He's sporting more of a goatie than an actual beard. Success of the movie was minimal, granted it had a great percentage of profit, but overall, it was the lowest grossing Paul Walker led Fast movie to date at 207 Million. Great sum, but Paul knew, the best was yet to come and he'd have to work on the beard growth before the next film started production.
And that he did. If you look it's still clean looking and more balanced. Yes it's not as thick in the front as the previous film, but he knew he wasnt going to win audiences over twice with just a standard goatie, so he tried to keep the sides as thick as the front. It paid off well as the movie grossed more than its predecessor by tallying 236 Million overall. With Paul's slight beard advancement, he netted the film 29 million more. With that, Paul knew he had to do something big, so he took the next film off to study beard growth science. With his eye on the prize he set forth to make his next Fast and Furious title the highest grossing to date and really put the Fast franchise on the map.
There you have it folks, 6 hard years of growth for that. You may think, eh, it's not that great, but check it compared to both 1 and 2. One was a bit childish, sporting a goatie that most teenagers grow, he did ok with it, but the success of the first film showed the beard could have been better. He cut down on it a bit in the second one while letting the cheeks grow and the profits rose about 15%, however, he was determined. He wanted proper growth on the sides and the front and while coming up short on his attempt, he was able to still manage a very respectable and marketable beard. Due to this beard, the films gross skyrocketed to a whopping 359 million. Now, would you say that this beard is 120 million dollars better? I sure as hell would.
As history has shown, each installment, as Paul's beard gets thicker, the gross skyrockets. From 207-529 and counting, what's next in store of Paul? Maybe some legit length, maybe he shaves it all off in an attempt to show that it's him drawing in this money, and not simply his beard. Who knows, but we'll see. I personally am expecting something close to this and if that's true, expect the next film to cross the 1 Billion mark, or come very close at the very least. We shall see though.