Monday, May 2, 2011

Universal's 'Fast Five' Opens to Record $83.6 Million in North America

Hollywood’s obsession with franchises paid off as Universal’s Fast Five raced to an $83.6 million opening at the domestic box office, the best showing in months and the top number ever for Universal. It’s also the top April bow of all time.

Overseas, where it began rolling out a week ago, Fast Five grossed $45.3 million for the weekend from 14 territories, bringing its international cume to $81.4 million and worldwide total to $165 million. The pic bested Paramount and Marvel Studios’ Thor in several markets where the two both opened.

But Thor also made the record books. The superhero tentpole -- which doesn’t open in the U.S. until May 6 -- easily won the weekend overall internationally, grossing $83 million from 56 markets to grab the top foreign bow of the year. Including grosses from Australia, where Thor opened last weekend, the movie’s total take is already $93 million.

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