Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fast Five Leaves the Competition in the Dust

Yes, the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, debuted with a smokin', rubber burnin', $83 million, the highest grossing of the franchise, the highest grossing of April too (Previous record holder was Fast and Furious' $71 million two years ago). It also marks the highest debut for a movie this year, more than doubling previous debut holder, Rio's $39.2 million debut, two weeks ago. This is also is a good sign for movies, as most of this year (so far) have been underwhelming (box office wise).... especially since another big franchise reunion (Scream 4) managed to hugely disappoint.

Other movies that debuted this weekend: Prom - debuting within forecast: $5 million; Hoodwinked Too! - a paltry $4 million (don't know why they even greenlit this sequel); and Dylan Dog - just under a $1 million not good (if the budget is rumored to be around $35 million).

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Fast Five
2) Rio
3) Madea's Big Happy Family
4) Water for Elephants
5) Prom
6) Hoodwinked Too!
7) Soul Surfer
8) Insidious
9) Hop
10) Source Code
$83.6million
$14.4 million
$10.1 million
$9.1 million
$5 million
$4.1 million
$3.3 million
$2.7 million
$2.6 million
$2.5 million
$83.6 million
$103.6 million
$41.1 million
$32.3 million
$5 million
$4.1 million
$33.8 million
$48.3 million
$105.3 million
$48.9 million
$125 million
$90 million
$25 million
$38 million
$8 million
$30 million
$18 million
$1.5 million
$63 million
$32 million

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