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05.01.2011

Fast Five smashes records!!!

Wow. Like wow. Just when you think the franchise is "overdoing" it, it turns out that they're doing it just right, sticking with the two leads that are most identifiable to the franchise, adding the friggin' Rock, as well as an awesome Brazilian background and the next thing you know...records are smashed! FAST FIVE made $84M in its opening weekend, making it the highest movie debut of the year (by a long shot, btw...the previous record was RIO's $39M), as well as the biggest April opening of all-time (the previous record was held by the film's previous installment, FAST & FURIOUS, which made $71M at the time). And last but certainly not least, the film became Universal's biggest opening of all-time (previous record holder was THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK with $72M back in 1997). Wow.

You can see by the past films' figures below, that the franchise has always been pretty healthy in terms of revenues, except for TOKYO DRIFT, which managed a total of only $63M back in 2006. That said, with this $84M opening, it does appear as though this latest installment will become the highest-grossing FAST AND FURIOUS movie of all-time (current record is $155M), but we'll really have to "wait and see" how it does over the next few weeks. It doesn't hurt that this latest incarnation has also been receiving great reviews all around, by film critics (80% on Rotten Tomatoes) and movie fans alike (8.1/10 on Movie Fan Central).

FAST AND FURIOUS (2009): $155M (total), $70M (opening)
FAST AND FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT (2006): $63M (total), $24M (opening)
2 FAST 2 FURIOUS (2003): $127M (total), $50M (opening)
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (2001): $145M (total), $40M (opening)

The film that previously held the "year's biggest opening" record, RIO, and was the #1 movie for the past two weekends, managed to fall into second place with about $14M in grosses this weekend, while at the same time, increasing its overall total to over the $100M mark. In doing so, it becomes the 4th film of the year to surpass that mark (RANGO ($119M), HOP ($105M) and JUST GO WITH IT ($102M)).

At the same time, this becomes the 3rd straight weekend that receipts have increased at the box-office compared to last year, which is nice since things had been going downhill since last fall. In fact, 2011 revenues were running about 20% below last year's numbers just three weeks ago, so it'll be interesting to see how the summer movies affect that trend going forward. It's to note that the other two new films, PROM and HOODWINKED TOO, performed pretty badly in their debuts, with about $4-5M respectively.

The 3 films to get knocked out of the top 10 to make room for the new movies this weekend included SCREAM 4 which is officially a "disappointment" now, as it dropped from 5th to 13th place in only its 3rd weekend of release. The film cost about $40M to make, but only made about $35M (which was, by far, the worst total for any SCREAM movie ever -- next lowest gross was $89M by SCREAM 3). It's to note that James Wan's horror film INSIDIOUS, on the other hand, remains in the top 10 after five weeks of release, and a budget of only $2M. The other two films to get booted were AFRICAN CATS ($11M) and HANNA ($36M).

Next week is the start of the "official summer movie season" (although obviously FAST FIVE got in right under the wire this year) with Natalie Portman's THOR opening wide (dassa joke), the female-targeted JUMPING THE BROOM taking advantage of the "wedding buzz" in the air, as well as the latest attempt by Kate Hudson to do anything...well, entertaining, in a little rom-com entitled SOMETHING BORROWED, co-starring the adorable Ginnifer Goodwin. If you haven't voted for your "most anticipated summer movie" yet, you can do so HERE, or go directly to our question of the day which asks you to guess how much $$$ THOR will open with next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Fast Five $83.6 M
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2. Rio $14.4 M $103.6 M
3. Madea's Big Happy Family $10.1 M $41.1 M
4. Water for Elephants $9.1 M $32.3 M
5. Prom $5 M
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6. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil $4.1 M
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7. Soul Surfer $3.3 M $33.8 M
8. Insidious $2.7 M $48.3 M
9. Hop $2.6 M $105.3 M
10. Source Code $2.5 M $48.9 M

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6:47PM on 05/02/2011

Oh Boy

Really not trying to be a dick, but I am stunned I'm in the minority by saying I thought this movie was one heaping pile of dog shit. No plot. The actors actually seem to have reverted in their acting ability. And the shoot-em up garbage is so in your face and pop bang loud that it's just a mess. Whatever, if that's your thing go for it buddy.
Really not trying to be a dick, but I am stunned I'm in the minority by saying I thought this movie was one heaping pile of dog shit. No plot. The actors actually seem to have reverted in their acting ability. And the shoot-em up garbage is so in your face and pop bang loud that it's just a mess. Whatever, if that's your thing go for it buddy.
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7:29AM on 05/02/2011
Now imagine if this cast was installed and this mindset was instilled into a Transformers film...
Now imagine if this cast was installed and this mindset was instilled into a Transformers film...
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4:44AM on 05/02/2011
Han is alive because Fast Five and Fast and Furious take place between 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift.
Han is alive because Fast Five and Fast and Furious take place between 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift.
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5:08AM on 05/02/2011
or maybe cause that particular actor has been in every movie Justin Lin has directed, i realize the timeline but read other boards & people still complain about it.
or maybe cause that particular actor has been in every movie Justin Lin has directed, i realize the timeline but read other boards & people still complain about it.
3:57AM on 05/02/2011
Lol people are stupid if they thought Fast Five would not make shit loads of money, i saw it & absolutely loved it, big improvement. Also its easy to say that with the exception of Han Tokyo Drift is like halloween 3 & has nothing to do with the rest of the movies. Enough with the bitching about well why is Han still alive which easily was the best character in that respected film anyway. Looking forward to see what Fast 6 or whatever silly title they come up with.
Lol people are stupid if they thought Fast Five would not make shit loads of money, i saw it & absolutely loved it, big improvement. Also its easy to say that with the exception of Han Tokyo Drift is like halloween 3 & has nothing to do with the rest of the movies. Enough with the bitching about well why is Han still alive which easily was the best character in that respected film anyway. Looking forward to see what Fast 6 or whatever silly title they come up with.
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2:42AM on 05/02/2011
Not to take anything away from the filmmakers who certainly seem to have hit on what works, but you've gotta give at least a few kudos to whoever it was at Universal that scrutinized all the projected release dates of all the competing films and circled this weekend on the calendar. I donít care how good your film is, it doesnít hurt to also have good timing.
Not to take anything away from the filmmakers who certainly seem to have hit on what works, but you've gotta give at least a few kudos to whoever it was at Universal that scrutinized all the projected release dates of all the competing films and circled this weekend on the calendar. I donít care how good your film is, it doesnít hurt to also have good timing.
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2:30AM on 05/02/2011
Surprised: Scream 4 is a flop.
Not surprised: Insidious keeps raking in the money.
Not surprising: Fast Five was a hit. The movie was destined to bank.
Surprised: Scream 4 is a flop.
Not surprised: Insidious keeps raking in the money.
Not surprising: Fast Five was a hit. The movie was destined to bank.
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7:27AM on 05/02/2011
correct on all points.
correct on all points.
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12:49AM on 05/02/2011
I loved it. It was fantastic and certainly left me wanting more. I like the idea of the franchise kind of transitioning into "heist film" territory. Obviously, they'll want to leave certain signature elements of the franchise intact, but it could be interesting.
I loved it. It was fantastic and certainly left me wanting more. I like the idea of the franchise kind of transitioning into "heist film" territory. Obviously, they'll want to leave certain signature elements of the franchise intact, but it could be interesting.
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11:50AM on 05/02/2011
Stallone should be in the 6th one as Vin Diesel's brother.
Stallone should be in the 6th one as Vin Diesel's brother.
12:47PM on 05/02/2011
*YAWN*
*YAWN*
12:43AM on 05/02/2011
I liked it...I was nastalgic seeing Vince and the crew doing there thing...Physics really dont apply in this movie but who cares, its a bad ass action flick period.
I liked it...I was nastalgic seeing Vince and the crew doing there thing...Physics really dont apply in this movie but who cares, its a bad ass action flick period.
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11:42PM on 05/01/2011
Well, I have no interest in the film myself, but if it did well and others liked it, then that's cool with me.
Well, I have no interest in the film myself, but if it did well and others liked it, then that's cool with me.
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11:15PM on 05/01/2011

Crap

Those going to see this poop are just reinforcing bad behavior by the producers. They really should be ashamed of themselves for calling this a movie.
Those going to see this poop are just reinforcing bad behavior by the producers. They really should be ashamed of themselves for calling this a movie.
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11:10PM on 05/01/2011

Fastest Fifth

Also, apparently "Fast Five" is the biggest earning fifth in a franchise! Well, over a three-day weekend, that is...certain films it's beating like those from the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises had Wednesday openings. But still! Pretty cool.

As for me, I... haven't seen any F&F movies. Tried watching the first one recently because the trailer for this new one kicked ass (even though I can't take the protagonists seriously... but yeah, apparently the drop-the-car-culture thing is
Also, apparently "Fast Five" is the biggest earning fifth in a franchise! Well, over a three-day weekend, that is...certain films it's beating like those from the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises had Wednesday openings. But still! Pretty cool.

As for me, I... haven't seen any F&F movies. Tried watching the first one recently because the trailer for this new one kicked ass (even though I can't take the protagonists seriously... but yeah, apparently the drop-the-car-culture thing is already working for me...) but ran screaming from the awfulnosity about 20 minutes in. Still interested in this, though, and it's been selling out like crazy at the theater I work for.

ANYWAY... can't wait for Thor!! I know I'm in the minority but the trailers have kicked my ass. Only films I'm anticipating more this summer are Pirates 4 (cuz, I mean, come on) and The Tree of Life (cuz... I mean... COME ON!!!).
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10:47PM on 05/01/2011
Fast Five was a fun time, and I'm glad the franchise has improved with the last few films. Also glad Source Code is still in the top 10, it too was a great film.
Fast Five was a fun time, and I'm glad the franchise has improved with the last few films. Also glad Source Code is still in the top 10, it too was a great film.
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9:59PM on 05/01/2011
I knew that Fast Five would make bank, but I didn't think it would have made this much. I really don't know where they could go for a sixth (if that is the case).

If anything, this should give Diesel enough funds for the promised Pitch Black sequels.
I knew that Fast Five would make bank, but I didn't think it would have made this much. I really don't know where they could go for a sixth (if that is the case).

If anything, this should give Diesel enough funds for the promised Pitch Black sequels.
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11:49PM on 05/01/2011
Well, they gave us all a hint after the credits. ;)
Well, they gave us all a hint after the credits. ;)
9:40PM on 05/01/2011

Remember Also...

That Fast Five has done this without the con of 3D and it's ticket pricing! Outstanding work! Such a fun, dumb, but fun film-Love it!
That Fast Five has done this without the con of 3D and it's ticket pricing! Outstanding work! Such a fun, dumb, but fun film-Love it!
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9:38PM on 05/01/2011

Never saw this coming

Wasn't a big fan of the 4th instalment so haven't caught #5 yet. Still this is big news for Hollywood, especially after the shit summer they gave us in 2010. Almost every weekend looks to have a title worth seeing.
Wasn't a big fan of the 4th instalment so haven't caught #5 yet. Still this is big news for Hollywood, especially after the shit summer they gave us in 2010. Almost every weekend looks to have a title worth seeing.
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8:58PM on 05/01/2011

start of an awesome summer

thor opened here in australia last week, and it was pretty amazing. had to watch it in 3D and like everything 3D, it wasnt needed, but boy did it blow away all my expectations! and as for fast five, i relli did have to switch off my brain for this one as they didnt even try to cover up the stupidity. good, mindless fun, especially the friking crazy chase at the end
thor opened here in australia last week, and it was pretty amazing. had to watch it in 3D and like everything 3D, it wasnt needed, but boy did it blow away all my expectations! and as for fast five, i relli did have to switch off my brain for this one as they didnt even try to cover up the stupidity. good, mindless fun, especially the friking crazy chase at the end
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8:46PM on 05/01/2011
The fact that this surprised any of the editors at JoBlo is what makes me wow. The last film made over 70 mil and this was going to do at least that and that poll that was up earlier guessing the opening take was underestimating this franchise severely. These guys aren't going anywhere and it's the only series I know that has constantly gotten better.
The fact that this surprised any of the editors at JoBlo is what makes me wow. The last film made over 70 mil and this was going to do at least that and that poll that was up earlier guessing the opening take was underestimating this franchise severely. These guys aren't going anywhere and it's the only series I know that has constantly gotten better.
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8:28PM on 05/01/2011
Wow, I didn't expect Fast Five to do more than $80 million in the opening week. Good job!
Wow, I didn't expect Fast Five to do more than $80 million in the opening week. Good job!
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7:41PM on 05/01/2011

THOR

Just watched THOR and it was Insane. Loved it. The 3D wasn't needed but I didn't go to see 3D. I went to see THOR kick ass and thats what I got. GO SEE IT AND STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS.

Thankyou....... My work here is done.
Just watched THOR and it was Insane. Loved it. The 3D wasn't needed but I didn't go to see 3D. I went to see THOR kick ass and thats what I got. GO SEE IT AND STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS.

Thankyou....... My work here is done.
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7:28PM on 05/01/2011
FAST 5 was the best movie I've seen all year.
FAST 5 was the best movie I've seen all year.
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7:17PM on 05/01/2011
Expect Tokyo Drift to do what, JoBlo?
Expect Tokyo Drift to do what, JoBlo?
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6:52PM on 05/01/2011

Huh?

I went to the theaters last Friday expecting to see Scream 4 but Thor was playing on just about every screen. Scream was gone. I guess it didn't make money overseas either and the theaters (or at least that one) were banking on Thor bringing the crowds in. I guess Marvel knew what it was doing: it didn't want to go up against Fast Five's opening weekend. So where is Fast Five here? I guess it'll be out next week.

Oh and yesterday was May 1st, May day. A lot of people in Mainland China
I went to the theaters last Friday expecting to see Scream 4 but Thor was playing on just about every screen. Scream was gone. I guess it didn't make money overseas either and the theaters (or at least that one) were banking on Thor bringing the crowds in. I guess Marvel knew what it was doing: it didn't want to go up against Fast Five's opening weekend. So where is Fast Five here? I guess it'll be out next week.

Oh and yesterday was May 1st, May day. A lot of people in Mainland China go see movies on that day (so I was once told) to Marvel was smart to put it out overseas a week early. How on Earth then did Fast Five not come out here? Maybe overseas markets saw Thor as a sure thing and Fast Five was a "wait and see how it does domestically" movie. Wow. Universal really lost out there.
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6:48PM on 05/01/2011

The movie was good

I always go to these films not expecting much other than cool street races but this movie was pretty good. If they tweak the story alittle more we might get an excellent action flick. But for what it was pretty good and deserves what it made this weekend. I'm hyped to see what Thor might do. After a dismal summer last summer ( can only remember 3 movies I liked)and an extremely weak 1st half...can't wait to see how this summer does.
I always go to these films not expecting much other than cool street races but this movie was pretty good. If they tweak the story alittle more we might get an excellent action flick. But for what it was pretty good and deserves what it made this weekend. I'm hyped to see what Thor might do. After a dismal summer last summer ( can only remember 3 movies I liked)and an extremely weak 1st half...can't wait to see how this summer does.
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6:13PM on 05/01/2011

this is a good thing

I'm not a huge fan of the series either, but i'm actually pleased with it's success. Here's why:

1. From what I hear, it is the best of the series, quality wise. Not great, but stronger story, better action, better characters (dwayne johnson). It's better that the best film out of the franchise make the most bank than the worst (X-Men 3, Transformers 2, Spider-Man 3).

2. It's not in 3D. Fuck yeah. A summer action film that smashed records without the added cash of wearing sunglasses in
I'm not a huge fan of the series either, but i'm actually pleased with it's success. Here's why:

1. From what I hear, it is the best of the series, quality wise. Not great, but stronger story, better action, better characters (dwayne johnson). It's better that the best film out of the franchise make the most bank than the worst (X-Men 3, Transformers 2, Spider-Man 3).

2. It's not in 3D. Fuck yeah. A summer action film that smashed records without the added cash of wearing sunglasses in theaters.

3. While there is still CG present, most of the thrills are made with good ol' fashion stunts.
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6:08PM on 05/01/2011
Yes folks, Fast Five IS as good as they say.
Yes folks, Fast Five IS as good as they say.
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5:35PM on 05/01/2011
Well, goddamn. How 'bout that?
Well, goddamn. How 'bout that?
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5:24PM on 05/01/2011
Look, I'm not a huge fan of this franchise. I really enjoyed the first one (and still do), and could do without the 2nd and 3rd installments. The fourth did the right thing by bringing back the original characters and creating a first step in a second trilogy. These new movies fit together and are congruent in their storytelling, as well as giving the fans what they want.

So, can you really be pissed off EVEN if you hate the franchise? This is a great thing for sequels and should be
Look, I'm not a huge fan of this franchise. I really enjoyed the first one (and still do), and could do without the 2nd and 3rd installments. The fourth did the right thing by bringing back the original characters and creating a first step in a second trilogy. These new movies fit together and are congruent in their storytelling, as well as giving the fans what they want.

So, can you really be pissed off EVEN if you hate the franchise? This is a great thing for sequels and should be looked at in a positive light. The franchise was all but dead when the 3rd movie included none of the original cast. So what did they do? They tightened the script, brought back ALL of the franchises' best characters, used LESS CGI and MORE actual stunts, changed the direction of the franchise from racing to heist/action films WITH cars and basically reinvented itself. I know I want to see a sequel with the original cast returning, and not a prequel or poorly recast sequel.

Fast Five isn't a masterpiece by any stretch, but it is leaps and bounds above the 2nd and 3rd installment, and was a fun and satisfying ride. I'm intrigued to find out what they have in store for the 6th and "final" chapter of this new trilogy.
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5:21PM on 05/01/2011
I watched Thor last friday and I was amazed of how incredibly solid the movie was in terms of quality(easily matches 2008's Iron Man). It's not to crazy to think that the God of Thunder movie will be one of this year's box office cash-cows. The movie was great, solid history, very solid performances and the special effects were really over the top. Marvel is coming with very solid steps and that's good for the upcoming avengers movie.
I watched Thor last friday and I was amazed of how incredibly solid the movie was in terms of quality(easily matches 2008's Iron Man). It's not to crazy to think that the God of Thunder movie will be one of this year's box office cash-cows. The movie was great, solid history, very solid performances and the special effects were really over the top. Marvel is coming with very solid steps and that's good for the upcoming avengers movie.
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5:16PM on 05/01/2011
This is sad on so many fronts. First, rewarding crap. Next, keeping this franchise alive. Third, pushing summer up even farther. Now, studios are going to jam stuff in to April from here on out. Sigh...
This is sad on so many fronts. First, rewarding crap. Next, keeping this franchise alive. Third, pushing summer up even farther. Now, studios are going to jam stuff in to April from here on out. Sigh...
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6:42PM on 05/01/2011
and how is that a bad thing? Do u want to keep having shit movies for thr first 4 months of the yr. The movie wasn't the greatest thing in the world but it did what it did best : give a mindless entertaining action film...and lastly just cuz in ur opinion u think it suck doesn't mean u speak for the entire world /end rant.
Never thought i see the day i defend a Fast and Furious. movie.
and how is that a bad thing? Do u want to keep having shit movies for thr first 4 months of the yr. The movie wasn't the greatest thing in the world but it did what it did best : give a mindless entertaining action film...and lastly just cuz in ur opinion u think it suck doesn't mean u speak for the entire world /end rant.
Never thought i see the day i defend a Fast and Furious. movie.
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