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Fast Five, Thor Launch Summer Season

Fast Five and Thor Take in $83 million record openings.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 01, 2011

Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel and Sung Kang return in FAST FIVE(2011).
© Universal Pictures


And away we roll, Maniacs. With Universal Pictures’ Fast Five closing out its first incredible weekend on the first day of May, we have officially entered into Hollywood’s summer season line-up. It’s a launch which has to have some executives over in tinsel town very pleased after such a dreary box office landscape these past six months.
Not only did the fifth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise pull in a personal high opening score of $83.6 million over its first three days, the premiere is also the best April opening of all-time (behind previous record-holder 2009’s Fast and Furious--$70.9 million) and is clearly the best opening of any release for 2011, well ahead of the previous opening record by Rio with a $39.2 million debut.
Promoted as the film which brings most of the franchise’s stars together, along with an addition of action star Dwayne Johnson, Universal’s Fast Five rolled its way all the way to the bank by pulling in $83.6 million on 3,644 theaters across the nation. The 2011 opening record numbers has it averaging $22,950 per showing and only $40 million shy of its $125 million budget after its opening weekend. With its foreign gross already at $128.9 million after its first two weekends in worldwide release, Universal has nabbed $212.5 million in global receipts.
It should also be noted that while Fast Five was enjoying its $83 million here in the States, Paramount Pictures was grabbing the very same amount of coin with its early foreign launch of Thor (U.S. audiences can check it out here next weekend). The Chris Hemsworth-led action packed adaptation of the Marvel superhero hammered down  $83 million -- 2011’s biggest opening weekend tally by more than $25 million -- from some 7,250 locations in 56 overseas markets.
Thor launched as the 1st place film in the U.K. and Ireland ($9 million), in France ($8.1 million), South Korea ($5.7), Italy ($5.5 million), Spain ($5 million), Taiwan ($2.1 million), Singapore and the Philippines. The weekend tally has Thor foreign gross at $93 million before it even enters the U.S. market.
Back on the domestic side of box office races, 20th Century Fox crossed over the $100 million barrier with their animated adventure Rio taking down another $14.4 million. The film which helped increase insider optimism these past two weeks with stellar returns dropped only 45% in its third frame on 3,708 venues across the states. The latest numbers has increased its domestic cume to $103.6 million, ahead of the $90 million budget the studio paid out for production costs. If you tack on the amazing $260.7 million that Rio has earned from its foreign market, Fox has a global gross of $364.3 million.
Lionsgate and Tyler Perry dropped a heavy 60% in the second frame for their latest release, Madea’s Big Happy Family. The producer’s latest brand title pulled in only $10.0 million on 2,288 theaters across the country, increasing its domestic number to $41.0 million. While it’s a heavy drop for the two, Perry does keep his budgets down so it’s likely another profitable venture for the studio.
20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Pictures take up the 4th and 5th place spots with returning Water for Elephants and the debut of Prom, respectively. The Robert Pattinson-led “Elephants” earned another $9.1 million for a $32.6 million score over its first two weeks while the incoming Prom found $5.0 million on 2,730 theaters. It’s a lackluster tally for the Disney enterprise considering its opening weekend tally came out to only $1,832 per showing but it should be said that the budget was only $8 million so what can you really say about that?
Check out the rest of the top 10 down below.

Fast Five
$83.6 mil
$83.6 mil
$14.4 mil
$103.6 mil
Madea’s Big Happy Family
$10.0 mil
$41.0 mil
Water for Elephants
$9.1 mil
$32.6 mil
$5.0 mil
$5.0 mil
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
$4.1 mil
$4.1 mil
Soul Surfer
$3.3 mil
$33.7 mil
$2.6 mil
$48.3 mil
$2.5 mil
$105.2 mil
Source Code
$2.5 mil
$48.9 mil

As we said in last weekend’s report, with the launch of another summer season, it’s time to keep up to date with each release’s totals as we progress into the slate of tent poles. Feel free to continue predicting your summer winners & losers down below.
Fast Five Numbers:
Budget: $125 mil
Opening: $83.6 mil

Domestic: $83.6 mil
Foreign: $128.9 mil
Worldwide: $212.5 mil
Thor Numbers:
Budget: N/A yet
Opening: N/A yet

Domestic: N/A yet
Foreign: $93.0 mil
Worldwide: $93.0 mil
Friday, May 6, 2011 Releases:
Thor (3,500+)
Something Borrowed (2,900+)
Jumping the Broom (1,900+)
Haunted 3D
The Beaver
Forks Over Knives
Hobo With a Shotgun
I’m Not Jesus Mommy
An Invisible Sign


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ultrazilla2000 5/1/2011 1:55:48 PM

What the hell?  Why is Thor opening in other countries first?

wessmith1966 5/1/2011 2:07:53 PM

Can't wait for Thor this weekend. Fast Five was entertaining; not brain surgery by any means but entertaining. It's the kind of movie perfect to kick off the summer season. I am surprised it did so well. I didn't see that one coming. Maybe audiences were excited to see something fun hit the theaters.

decepticons2 5/1/2011 2:09:45 PM

That theatre average for Fast is quite impressive. It should probably do well next weekend for the people who can't get into Thor.

Wiseguy 5/1/2011 2:55:57 PM

Fast Five's results did not surprise me one bit. The film was building up steam overseas, the team up and the Rock vs Diesel prospect were just the right ingredients to bring all the fans out to see this.

THOR baby, it's still sitting at 94% at rottentomatoes, though I expect that to drop a bit it still speaks for its wide appeal. I've read how some feel it was Marvel's best yet, which is a good thing since this was probably the Marvel film that had the most doubters. I already have my tickets for the I-Max 3D show, let's make it happen next week

FistofKhonsu 5/1/2011 4:05:35 PM

 I have already seen THOR twice! LOVED IT!  AND as far as depicting a deity on EARTH that could fit into the universe created in IRON MAN it works!   It's a GREAT, FUN, FILM!

PapiChulo 5/1/2011 4:07:34 PM

 Yo vi Fast Five and let me tell you chicas something ok, the movie was fabulosa.  The guys are hot, right ladies?  Ese Vin Diesel is what I like to call a closet loca.  Bendito, he really needs to come out soon.  That queen in him is showing mucho. Vin papi, if you are reading this please papi come on out.  

Fast Five la mejor out of all the Fast movies, do you chicas agree?  

Next week yo voy a ver Thor.  I don't know what that's about but that chicas let tell you somesing, Papa Kirk is mucho hot.  A fuego.  

PapiChulo 5/1/2011 4:09:45 PM

 FistofKhonsu, ay nena ya tu vistes Thor?  I have to ask you, Papa Kirk shirtless mucho o poco?  I can't wait, I'll be there with my queen friends el viernes at midnight I hope.

jedibanner 5/1/2011 4:22:28 PM

what the heck papi???

Is this English?

Can't wait for Thor, just in time for my birthday.

FistofKhonsu 5/1/2011 4:24:53 PM

Yeah, well some of us Aussies look good without a shirt, some "not so much". He looks the part!

I myself was smitten by The Lady Sif. WOW!


Wiseguy 5/1/2011 4:41:20 PM

LOL PapiChulo lol. Btw is that you hanso? lol

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