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‘Fast Five’ Scores Record Setting $83.6 Million at Weekend Box Office

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Pamela McClintock THR

 

Disney’s “Prom” and the Weinstein Co.’s “Hoodwinked Too” disappoint; overseas, both “Fast Five” and “Thor” doing big business, while “Rio” hits $366 million worldwide.

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 Thoropened last weekend, the movie’s total take is already $93 million.

And 20th Century Fox’s holdover toon Rio continued to dazzle, ending the weekend with an eyepopping world total of $366 million. Domestically, the film came in No. 2 for the weekend with gross of $14.4 million for a domestic cume of $103.6 million in its third weekend. Overseas, it grossed $31.7 million for a total foreign gross of 263 million.

Thanks to Fast Five, the North American box office — which has endured a long-running slump — was up 53% over the same frame a year ago, welcome news for the movie business as the summer season gets underway.

Fast Five is a huge, and much-needed victory, for Universal. Fast Five was originally supposed to open in June, but when Paramount’s Super 8 moved onto the same date, Universal took a risk and pushed the film back to April 29.

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