Sunday, April 5, 2009

(News) Weekend Numbers are Fast & Furious?

Apparently, this country is jammed packed with more people that serve as the lowest common denominator of entertainment seekers than we thought. Fast & Furious, the notorious return of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker; probably because their careers haven't amounted to anything since the first, has made a surprising 72.5 million this weekend. Believe me, I'm as stunned as you are.

Box Office Mojo reports:

"Revving way past its predecessors' redlines, Fast and Furious packed an estimated $72.5 million under its hood, summarily dusting Anger Management's $42.2 million to notch the biggest April debut ever. Driven by the action sequel, the weekend as a whole was the busiest on record for April, grossing an estimated $185 million and surging 65 percent ahead of the same weekend last year.

Not only did Fast and Furious have the highest-grossing opening for a car-themed movie (beating Cars' $60.1 million), it was also tops for a straight-forward action picture (as opposed to the superhero or fantastical kind), surpassing The Bourne Ultimatum's $69.3 million. What's more, during the January-to-April timeframe, only The Passion of the Christ had a larger-grossing debut in the past."

Apparently, the obvious absurdity that the trailer already had as well as the awful reviews didn't mess up this film's draw. Monsters vs. Aliens is still going strong (kinda) and ranked in second with 33.5 million, making it's total gross 105.7 million in 10 days. Haunting in Connecticut is in 3rd, with Knowing and I love you, man finishing off the top 5. Let's see how next week's opener; Observe and Report, does against Fast & Furious.

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