According to the major movie studios, summer has officially arrived. This weekend marked the kickoff of the most lucrative season in the film business and, thanks to Fast Five, things are off to an incredible start! The Diesel-powered action flick scored $83 million in just three days, blowing away its closest box office competitor.
Believe it or not, movie theaters across the country raked in a total of $145 million over the past three days. According to Deadline.com, that is a 52% increase from the cash generated this time a year ago. It’s also a very encouraging sign that the box office recession may be on its way out.
Unfortunately for Disney, the weekend receipts weren’t as kind. Their highly-touted new release, Prom, failed to connect with audiences and wound up taking in a mere $5 million since its opening on Friday.
But for Vin Diesel and company, Fast Five’s success is a major boost. This fifth installment of the Fast & Furious series proved to be the franchise’s biggest opening yet and will most certainly lead to another sequel. Or perhaps, a possible spinoff with the colorful characters played by Don Omar and Tego Calderón!
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By Michael Lopez