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Mack Chico


2011/05/02 at 12:00am

¡’Fast Five’ is #1 in the box office!

¡'Fast Five' is #1 in the box office!

The action film ‘Fast Five‘ sped to the top of the box office this weekend, grossing $83.6 million in North America and raising movie studios’ hopes for a profitable summer after a lackluster spring.

The Fast and Furious saga just beat its own record in the United States. ‘Fast Five’ takes no less than $83.6 billion in its U.S. debut in theaters. The biggest success so far this year for any production in its first week.

Fast Five also set a record as the best debut ever for a month in April, surpassing its predecessor Fast and Furious 4, which debuted with $71 million at the box office two years ago.

In second place is the second highest grossing film of 2011 Rio with $39.2 million. “Rio slipped to No. 2 this weekend, with $14.4 million.

In third place was the comedy Tyler Perry‘s Madea‘s Big Happy Family, with $10.1 million.

Here are the 10 highest grossing films of this past weekend.

1. Fast Five, 83.6 million.

2. “Rio, 14.4 million.

3. Tyler Perry‘s Madea‘s Big Happy Family, 10.1 million.

4. Water for Elephants, 9.1 million.

5. Prom, 5 million.

6. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, 4.1 million.

7. Soul Surfer, “ 3.3 million.

8. Insidious, 2.7 million.

9. Hop, 2.6 million.

10. Source Code, 2.5 million.

Mack Chico


2009/03/09 at 12:00am

Surprise! ‘Watchmen’ is #1 at the box office

Surprise! 'Watchmen' is #1 at the box office

“Watchmen,” the superhero epic from Warner Bros. and its partners, led the movie box-office through another strong weekend but stopped short of peaks hit by some of its predecessors.

The film, directed by Zack Snyder and based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, had an estimated $55.7 million in ticket sales, easily outpacing the weekend’s second-place film, “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail,” from Lionsgate, which took in about $8.8 million at the domestic box-office for a total of $76.5 million to date.

“Watchmen” was handicapped by its unusually long running time of nearly 2 hours 45 minutes. Longer films get fewer showings in each theater through the course of a day.

The movie was also stung by the ambivalence of critics and fans, many of whom came to it with expectations based on a familiarity with, and often deep reverence for, the complex illustrated story of damaged crime fighters being hunted by a killer.

“Everyone around me liked it a lot more than I did,” said James Thompson, who teaches a course in genre film, television and comics.

Oddly, though, his doubts may bode well for Warner. Thompson said that he and others he knows expected to see the film again this week, to reassess an opinion that he said may have been colored by his own history with the illustrated series. Repeat customers are definitely gravy.

Also in the top five at the weekend box office were “Taken” at No. 3 with $7.5 million, “Slumdog Millionaire” at No. 4 with $6.9 million and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” at No. 5 with $4.1 million.


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