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

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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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  • Tony

    This movie was alright, it makes Tokyo Drift look better.
    It was definitely better than 2 Fast 2 Furious, THAT had the most animation. In this movie they shouldn’t have made it corny and cheesy with the GPS, they could have toned that down. Notice there were no car chases with the cops?
    Anyway, I guess it is the full cast that made it mysterious again as the first movie. That element was lost in 2 Fast 2 Furious, and in Tokyo Drift thats a whole different breed. HAHAH but still why did you kill Letty?

  • Tony

    This movie was alright, it makes Tokyo Drift look better.
    It was definitely better than 2 Fast 2 Furious, THAT had the most animation. In this movie they shouldn’t have made it corny and cheesy with the GPS, they could have toned that down. Notice there were no car chases with the cops?
    Anyway, I guess it is the full cast that made it mysterious again as the first movie. That element was lost in 2 Fast 2 Furious, and in Tokyo Drift thats a whole different breed. HAHAH but still why did you kill Letty?

  • linkyyy

    this film didnt even come close to tokoyo drift and was lame!!!!….the acting sucked and the movie didnt live up to its hype!!! it should go straight to dvd

  • linkyyy

    this film didnt even come close to tokoyo drift and was lame!!!!….the acting sucked and the movie didnt live up to its hype!!! it should go straight to dvd

  • sha

    i loved the movie i thought it was great i loved the ending too. i cried and i was so upset that letty died that was like everything to dom so i was very sad a was hoping that it was just a trick and letty really didnt die and she would come back at the end ad she didnt :(my question over all is y did u kill letty u shouldnt have done that if u can i anyway try some how to bring her back in the 5th one

  • sha

    i loved the movie i thought it was great i loved the ending too. i cried and i was so upset that letty died that was like everything to dom so i was very sad a was hoping that it was just a trick and letty really didnt die and she would come back at the end ad she didnt :(my question over all is y did u kill letty u shouldnt have done that if u can i anyway try some how to bring her back in the 5th one

  • cj

    Ok First things first this movie i ithought was good second whoever said that this movie was worse than tokyo Drift your a reject Third i am bummed that they killed letty thats a downer but i dont think that they should bring her back in the fifth one cause then it would just ruin everything.

  • cj

    Ok First things first this movie i ithought was good second whoever said that this movie was worse than tokyo Drift your a reject Third i am bummed that they killed letty thats a downer but i dont think that they should bring her back in the fifth one cause then it would just ruin everything.

  • LSB

    I found out about Tyrese not being in the movie!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ5d5Ki-b08
    Watch at the 2:00 mark or so!

  • LSB

    I found out about Tyrese not being in the movie!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ5d5Ki-b08
    Watch at the 2:00 mark or so!