The epic story of the La Mans race in 1966 is forging its own success.
Ford V Ferrari tells the story of the epic battle between the two carmakers at the end of the 1960s. Starring Matt Damon as the automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as British driver Ken Miles, the movie has garnered critical praise for the acting performances. Also praised are the adrenaline thumping race sequences that feature Chevrolet Corvette race cars amongst replicas of Ford GT40s and old Ferrari 330 P3s battling it out. The movie's theatrical release in the US was on November 15, 2019, and now, according to Deadline, it has made over $200 million at the box office globally.
The split between domestic and international takings is $106.6M and $94M respectively and still rising. Breaking it down further, Deadline reports the five largest markets with $10.1 million taken at Russian box offices, $9.4 million earned in France, $9.3 million in Korea, and $6.9 million in Australia. In Europe, the movie is called Le Mans '66 as people are generally more familiar with the race, and in the UK, the movie claimed $7.9 million. Ford V Ferrari has yet to roll out in Japan and China.
So far, the National Board of Review has declared Ford V Ferrari as one of the ten best films of the year and won three Hollywood Film Awards, including Director of the Year, Editor of the Year, and Sound of the Year.
Ford V Ferrari is also nominated for the Critics Choice Award for Best Picture, and Bale is nominated for a Golden Globe Best Actor Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. The list goes on, but the point is that it's a real treat for car culture to get an actual car movie on such a large scale, even if the story is embellished and romanticized for a global mainstream audience. What we loved is that, while the move played fast and loose with many facts, it nails down the conditions of the story and gives a feel of just how dedicated people were under the insane situations and conditions of the time.