'Fast and Furious' Speeds Up to Box Office Top, Sets New Records

'Fast and Furious' Speeds Up to Box Office Top, Sets New Records

Drawing in more than $70 million over the weekend, 'Fast and Furious' has shattered previous North American box office records and knocked 'Monsters vs. Aliens' off the chart's top slot.
"Fast and Furious" has revved up the North American box office and easily won the top slot by a clear mile over the weekend. Collecting nearly $71 million from 3,461 theaters, the fourth installment of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise outsold last week champion, "Monsters vs. Aliens", and set a series of new records.

With a bow that doubled what most industry observers had previously predicted, this street car racing-themed movie scored the highest-grossing opening ever for the series, outdrawing the $50.5 million debut tally of "2 Fast 2 Furious". It also shattered "Anger Management" old record in being the biggest April opening ever.

Easily beating "Monsters vs. Aliens"'s $59.3 million debut bow to secure also this year's biggest opening title in the North American market, "Fast and Furious" made impressive debut overseas as well. The Justin Lin-directed movie opened first in most of the international markets, including Germany, Mexico and Spain, and brought in $30.1 million from the 31 international markets.

The second box office slot went to "Monsters vs. Aliens". Though slipping to the runner up position and experienced about 45% decline in sales, the 3-D animation movie still had a solid run, raking in $32.6 million. So far, the DreamWorks Animation SKG film has hauled in a total of $104.8 million.

"The Haunting in Connecticut", in the meantime, dropped two spots to the third position. In its second week of theatrical screening, the supernatural horror movie only managed to earn $9.5 million. "Knowing" followed in the fourth place with $8.1 million, while "I Love You, Man" was in fifth with $7.7 million. Additionally, Kristen Stewart's "Adventureland" was pushed to the sixth place, collecting $5.7 million.

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for April 3 - 5:
  1. "Fast and Furious" - $70.95 million
  2. "Monsters vs. Aliens" - $32.6 million
  3. "The Haunting in Connecticut" - $9.5 million
  4. "Knowing" - $8.1 million
  5. "I Love You, Man" - $7.7 million
  6. "Adventureland" - $5.7 million
  7. "Duplicity" - $4.2 million
  8. "Race to Witch Mountain" - $3.2 million
  9. "12 Rounds" - $2.3 million
  10. "Sunshine Cleaning" - $1.8 million

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