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Overnight, the Summer Movie Season officially kicked off
FRIDAY 12:30 PM UPDATE: What a way to open the Summer Box Office after 2011's slumping start! Based on advance ticket sales and today's matinees, insiders tell me that Universal's Fast Five could make $30M-35M today, which would make for a $75M-$80M weekend in North America. That means this fifth installment in the street-racing franchise is the biggest grossing. Other sources tell me they expectFast Five to make close to $300M internationally based on current business, which could mean a worldwide cume of $500M. Yowza!
8:30 AM UPDATE: Overnight, the Summer Movie Season officially kicked off. Universal's Fast Five grossed an estimated $3.8M in 1,104 North American theaters. That's more than twice what the previous film, Fast & Furious, the fourth installment in the street racing franchise, did in midnight screenings ($1.8M). It's the biggest midnight screening in Universal history and the biggest for the franchise. Overseas so far, this fifth in the franchise has made $43.7M so far. In addition to the four territories of Australia, New Zealand, Korea and the UK last week, it opened in five more territories on Thursday and remains #1 everywhere and the biggest of the Fast franchise. Germany took in $2.2M from 633 datesas and Austria $155K in previews. Russia opened with $2.4M in 712 venues. Switzerland, Slovenia and Ukraine also came in big. This pic is proving, once again, the theatrical release adage that sequels do really well internationally, which is where this Vin Diesel-Paul Walker-Dwayne Johnson pic debuted first. Which is why it's pummelling Marvel/Disney's Thor in those countries where the two movies were pitted head to head by distributor Paramount. But it'll be a fairer fight when Thor opens in North America in a week. Domestically, big online ticket seller Fandango reports that Fast Five is its top advance ticket-seller of 2011, representing 74% of daily ticket sales going into its opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada. Disney's Prom, which also opens this weekend, is taking 5% of Fandango's ticket sales. UPDATES to come.
FRIDAY PM/SATURDAY AM, 4TH UPDATE: Here's the latest news about the start of the Summer Box Office... North America's #1 movie is Universal's Fast Fivewhich had a debut Friday of $33.2M, putting the weekend estimate at $80M. That's blowing away the $71M opening weekend of fourquel Fast & Furious. The 5th installment in the street racing franchise breaks the studio's uninterrupted non-toon losing streak in recent years.
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1. Fast Five (Universal) NEW [3,643 Theaters]Friday $33.2M, Estimated Weekend $80M
Even with a -25% to -30% drop on Saturday, which would be normal because of Friday's grosses expanded by midnight showings, that's still a bigger weekend cume for Fast Five than the top 2 openings this year combined (Rio $39M/Rango$38M).The film received an "A" CinemaScore and an "A+" from moviegoers under age 18. In terms of records, Universal is claiming: the biggest opening in Universal history (besting Lost World: Jurassic Park's $72.1M), the biggest opening of 2011 (besting Rio's $39.2M), the biggest Universal opening for 2011 (besting Hop's $37.5M), the highest opening for an April Release (besting Fast & Furious' $71M), the highest opening for the last weekend in April (besting A Nightmare On Elm Street's $39M), the highest opening for stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and producer Neil Moritz, and director Justin Lin. A lot of Uni execs are breathing easier today now that they've delivered a nice fat hit to their new Comcast overlords.
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