Final numbers will come out on Monday, but I think it’s safe to say that Justin Lin’s “Fast Five”, the fifth entry in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, will easily take the top spot at the box office in its debut. The film has racked up an impressive studio estimated $83 million in its first three days, including a killer $34 million on Friday alone. Adding its domestic take to its foreign box office, “Fast Five” has already earned $107 million in worldwide in just its first week of release.
In terms of perspective, 2009’s “Fast and Furious”, the fourth entry, topped off at $155 million domestic and $353 worldwide. Director Justin Lin’s first “Furious” movie, 2006’s “Tokyo Drift” was the weakest performer, but even it still managed to rope in $158 million in worldwide box office. The film was notable for being Paul Walker and (mostly) Vin Diesel-less. It also taught us that, as long as there are fast cars and pretty women, guys will watch just about anything.
With $107 already in the bank in just its first weekend, it’s no wonder Universal is already eyeing a sixth installment in the series.