Box Office: Fast & Furious Cruises to $30 Million on Friday ($72 Million Debut)

Industry experts were expecting a $45 million opening weekend for the fourth installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, but the film would seem to be on its way to crash through that expectation, picking up an estimated $30 million on Friday alone. That still leaves Saturday and Sunday’s take, which as of this writing, have still not come in.

The $30 million dollar take for “Fast & Furious” came from 5,200 screens, and easily beat out the previous three installments. It bested “Tokyo Drift’s” entire debut weekend take, and easily trumped the original’s $15 million back in 2001. For the record, “2 Fast 2 Furious” took in just south of $20 million when it opened on Friday in 2003.

To put all this in perspective, after picking up $15 million on its Friday opening, the 2001 original went on to earn $40 million for the weekend, while “2 Fast 2 Furious” went on to claim $50 million. It’s looking very good that “Fast & Furious” will break both of those records when Saturday and Sunday’s take are counted. If I had to guess, I would say another $30 million is not out of the question, and indeed, may be on the low side.

Full weekend box office numbers later in the day. (Via)

Update: The AP has the film scoring a whopping $72.5 million in its weekend debut. This gives “Fast & Furious” the best opening of 2009, beating out last week’s “Monsters vs. Aliens’” $59 million opening. Add the $30-plus million the film earned in overseas box office, and “Fast & Furious” has officially crossed the $100 million mark in just three days of release.

Can you say, “Fast and Furious 5″?



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  • KIDDD

    yes !!!!!!!!!! lol get ready for fast and furious 5

  • KIDDD

    yes !!!!!!!!!! lol get ready for fast and furious 5

  • Hkid212

    0mg fast and furious 4 was 0ne f0r all da hardc0re fast and furious fans…. i heard that s0me pe0ple didn”t like all 0f the animation that went int0 the m0vie but i think i was just en0ugh the c0ncept sh0uld have been a little better but all and all i really enjoyed the m0vie fr0m beginning t0 end

    ps. y u had t0 kill letty :(

  • Hkid212

    0mg fast and furious 4 was 0ne f0r all da hardc0re fast and furious fans…. i heard that s0me pe0ple didn”t like all 0f the animation that went int0 the m0vie but i think i was just en0ugh the c0ncept sh0uld have been a little better but all and all i really enjoyed the m0vie fr0m beginning t0 end

    ps. y u had t0 kill letty :(

  • viper

    On a scale of 1 to 10 i’d give it a 5; the car scenes and action scenes were widely interspersed throughout this surprisingly slow movie – i blame the acting; i’m a fan of the series but in all honesty this franchise has ran its course.

  • viper

    On a scale of 1 to 10 i’d give it a 5; the car scenes and action scenes were widely interspersed throughout this surprisingly slow movie – i blame the acting; i’m a fan of the series but in all honesty this franchise has ran its course.

  • KIDDD

    ya there was a little 2 much animation then any other 1

    the sprict was rushed becuz it was around the time of the writers strike so i dont think its the acting

    i would lik 2 see a differnt director 4sure tho

  • KIDDD

    ya there was a little 2 much animation then any other 1

    the sprict was rushed becuz it was around the time of the writers strike so i dont think its the acting

    i would lik 2 see a differnt director 4sure tho

  • terry

    i reckon this is a excellent film is there gonna be a fast and furious 5 !!!??

  • terry

    i reckon this is a excellent film is there gonna be a fast and furious 5 !!!??