The Vin Diesel franchise street racing flick “Fast Five” tore the doors off the competition this weekend with a domestic movie house haul of $83,630,000 and a worldwide haul of over $160 million.
The flick also features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and fans flocked to see the action flick which is the fifth in the franchise.
Following a distant second is the animated feature “Rio” that held the top spot for two weeks with a weekend total of $14 million for a three week total of $103 million plus domestically but a monster haul of $364 plus million globally.
Not bad for a $90 million budget from the company that brought the popular “Ice Age” flicks to life.
Tyler Perry’s “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family” rounded out the top three with $10 plus million for a cumulative domestic total of $41 million.
Next weekend however the Marvel Comics character “Thor” debuts directed by Kenneth Branaugh where already it has gobbled up over $93 million in the UK and abroad. The US inspired comic character, the brainchild of artist Jack Kirby and writer Stan Lee is expected to destroy the box office in the US and may single handed push the box office over the top leaving room for follow up mega hits expected such as “Harry Potter”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Transformers 3”, “Captain America”.
Americans may surprise the theaters with stampedes to see Thor’s brother hero Captain America now that Osama Bin Laden has been killed as a rise in patriotism may push that movie to heights that means much to Marvel as Captain America is such a pivotal character to their comics line ups that could bring cohesion to the movie company’s franchises as Captain America is the leading character of “The
Avengers” comics line featuring Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, and many other Marvel superheros.