Debuting April 28th, “Fast Five” is on its way to a profitable opening weekend having already earned $34 million on Friday. Universal predicts the action movie will pass “Fast & Furious”, which earned $70.5 million its first weekend. Insiders at Universal are certain the 5th of the popular series will earn at least $80 million by the end of this opening weekend. This installment in the series was the first to be released in IMAX theaters as well.
“Fast Five” is an action packed thrill ride set in sunny Rio de Janeiro. The beautiful backdrop and total costs of production amount to about $150 million. The movie stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, and Tyrese Gibson—who starred in the previous movies. Dwayne Johnson joined the series as “Lucas Hobbs” creating instant box office gold. Rapper Ludacris also returns to star in the movie. The latest in the “Fast & Furious” franchise is directed by Justin Lin and has already done well in international box offices, grossing $43 million. By Sunday, this may be the biggest opening of the year so far. “Fast Five” may reach $500 million worldwide by the end of opening weekend. With $420 million internationally and $80 in the US and Canada. More specifically, $11.5 million in the United Kingdom, $4.1 million in Korea, $14.5 million in Australia, and $1.5 million in New Zealand.
“Fast & Furious 6”, the sixth installment in the action series, is already in development.