'Fast Five' Zooms to Top of Box Office with $83M
Let the box office race begin! Jump-starting the summer movie season's official start date of May 6, "Fast Five" opened huge this past weekend, grossing $83.6 million at the U.S. box office.
Marking the biggest April opening of all time, "Fast Five" was supposed to open in June, but Universal took a chance and pushed "Five" up when "Super 8" was slotted for the same release date.
"It all came together brilliantly. This is such a big deal, considering how depressed business has been," Universal President of Domestic Distribution Nikki Rocco told the Hollywood Reporter. "We made a number of strategic decisions along the way about what this movie was going to be. And then you had this brilliant marketing campaign which told people this wasn't just another sequel."
"Thor," which opens in the U.S. May 6, also made the record books, grossing $83 million internationally since premiering in 56 markets last weekend.