Magazine article Screen International

Fast & Furious 5 Speeds Past UK Rivals

Magazine article Screen International

Fast & Furious 5 Speeds Past UK Rivals

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Universal's hit scores the year's second biggest opening (including previews), with an impressive $8.8m (£5.3m) from 437 screens

Crime-action Fast & Furious 5 raced to number one in the UK, grossing $8.8m (£5.3m) from 437 screens, pummelling the opposition in the process. £1.3m came from previews.

With an excellent screen average of $20,217 (£12,202), the latest in Universal's popular franchise was untroubled by the excellent weather and looks set to rival the best-performing of the previous instalment in the series Fast & Furious 5, which opened on $8.1m (£4.9m) from 364 screens in April 2010 and went on to gross a strong $22.4m (£13.5m).

Fast & Furious 5 is already close to the total taken by the third in the franchise Tokyo Drift ($9.3m / £5.6m) and should overtake The Fast And The Furious ($10.6m / £6.4m) this week.

In sharp contrast to Justin Lin's high-octane car-fest, the rest of the box office struggled to get out of first gear this week, with no other films grossing over £1m and only four others taking more than £500,000, largely a result of the fine weather.

Fox's Rio was the best of the rest taking $1.5m (£886,669) from a week-high 519 screens in its third week. Carlos Saldanha's animated-comedy currently stands at $13. …

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