Fast Five races to furious start with $83.6M
With Vin Diesel behind the wheel, Fast Five left the competition in the dust with an $83.6 million debut to grab the top spot at the weekend box office.
Studio estimates released Sunday show Universal Pictures' fifth movie in The Fast and the Furious franchise, this time set in Brazil and framed as a "one-last-heist" was by far this year's biggest opening. Its debut was more than double the previous best of $39.2 million for animated flick Rio.
Fast Five also set a record for best April debut ever, speeding past the $71 million haul of its predecessor, Fast & Furious, two years ago.
The movie gave Hollywood a huge head-start on the summer season, which begins with next weekend's debut of the Paramount Pictures superhero saga Thor and includes Captain America: The First Avenger, X-Men: First Class and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Fast Five has added $81.4 million overseas to bring its worldwide total to $165 million.