“Fast & Furious”, the fourth installment of the hot rod franchise, scored the highest April debut of all-time with $72.5 million this weekend, according to studio estimates from Nielsen EDI.
The film re-unites the core of the cast from the original “Fast & Furious” including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez, features souped-up Toyotas and other cars battling for supremacy on the streets of Los Angeles. The previous record-holder for an April debut was the Adam Sandler comedy “Anger Management”, which made $42 million in 2003.
The 3-D animated comedy “Monsters vs. Aliens” fought for a distant second place with $33.5 million, bringing the children’s film to $106 million in 10 days.
The horror film “The Haunting in Connecticut” was third with $9.55 million, while Nicolas Cage’s thriller “Knowing” was fourth brings its three-week grosses to $58.2 million. Rounding out the top five was the Paul Rudd comedy “I Love You, Man” with $7.85 million. It has earned $49.3 million in three weeks.
Final figures are due today.
Box Office Grosses
|1||Fast & Furious (2009)||$72.5M||$72.5M|
|2||Monsters vs Aliens (2009)||$33.5M||$106M|
|3||The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)||$9.55M||$37.2M|
|5||I Love You, Man (2009)||$7.85M||$49.3M|
|8||Race to Witch Mountain (2009)||$3.35M||$58.4M|
|9||12 Rounds (2009)||$2.3M||$9.02M|
|10||Sunshine Cleaning (2008)||$1.88M||$4.77M|