BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: 'Fast & Furious' Runs Over the Competition with $72.5 Million in First Place

'Monsters Vs. Aliens' still fighting in second place with $33.5 million.

Weekend Box Office


1) Fast & Furious $72.5 million
2) Monsters Vs. Aliens $33.5 million
3) The Haunting in Connecticut $9.5 million
4) Knowing $8.1 million
5) I Love You, Man $7.8 million
6) Adventureland $6 million
7) Duplicity $4.3 million
8) Race to Witch Mountain $3.3 million
9) 12 Rounds $2.3 million
10) Sunshine Cleaning $1.8 million

The fourth installment in the popular drag racing series Fast & Furious raged out of the gate with an incredible $72.5 million opening, becoming not only the number one movie of the weekend, but also the top opening film of 2009. It bested last weekend's Monsters Vs. Aliens awesome opening take by over $10 million. Not bad for a bunch of has-beens searching for past glory. Audiences came out in droves to see the original cast do it once again in a proper sequel. And the buzz has been deafening. It's a hit!

Speaking of Monsters Vs. Aliens, the DreamWorks 3D animated film dropped into second place this weekend, earning another $33.5 million. That takes its cumulative gross over the $100 million mark for a total of $105 million. The economy might be in the pits, but theaters certainly aren't feeling the hit just yet.

This week's only other major new release was Adventureland, Greg Mottola's follow up to 2007's Superbad. The film debuted in sixth place with $6 million. Though that may seem like peanuts compared to the buffo box office raked in by Justin Lin's Fast & Furious, you have to consider that the film opened in two thousand fewer theaters.

Four independent films opened this weekend as well. Gigantic had the best per screen average out of the quartet, earning $10,500 on just one screen. Paris 36 earned $10,314 on each of its seven screens for a total of $322,000. The Song of Sparrows took in $9,300 on its one screen. While the baseball drama Sugar was able to squeeze $71,200 from its eleven screens.

Will Dom and Brian be able to keep their engines revved-up throughout the coming weekend? Its doubtful, as the powerhouse that is Miley Cyrus hits the big screen next week in Hannah Montana: The Movie, alongside Seth Rogen in the mall cop comedy Observe and Report and the manga adaptation Dragonball Evolution. Someone's going to come looking for a fight! That's for sure.

Monsters Vs. Aliens was released March 27th, 2009 and stars Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Paul Rudd. The film is directed by Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon.

The Haunting in Connecticut was released March 27th, 2009 and stars Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, Elias Koteas, Amanda Crew, Martin Donovan, Sophi Knight, Ty Wood, Erik J. Berg. The film is directed by Peter Cornwell.

Duplicity was released March 20th, 2009 and stars Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti, Dan Daily, Lisa Roberts Gillan, David Shumbris, Rick Worthy. The film is directed by Tony Gilroy.

Race to Witch Mountain was released March 13th, 2009 and stars Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, Carla Gugino, CiarĂ¡n Hinds, Tom Everett Scott, Chris Marquette, Billy Brown. The film is directed by Andy Fickman.


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Comments (19)

  1. slysnide

    Jesus! I can't believe that "F&F" took $72 mil on opening weekend! And that doesn't even include Sunday night sales!!! Wow.

    5 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  2. Newkill3000

    Even though it's all over the web. I'm having this gut feeling, just a gut, Dragonball evolution will take first place. I'd be surprised if Observe and Report goes anywhere pass the 4th or 5th slot. Fast and Furious was great, too bad that's the only good thing Vin Diesel can act good in. I can't believe that sh*tty ass 12 rounds is still on the list.

    5 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  3. Oli

    Bleh. I still have to check out Adventureland.

    5 years agoby @reviloleeFlag

  4. 4weston7

    I bought my tickets just before they sold out at my theater.Good movie in all though.

    5 years agoby @4weston7Flag

  5. JonSpidey07

    that actually sounds not bad

    5 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  6. T.Clark

    Be prepared for the 5th installment, Live Fast And Die Furious

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  7. JonSpidey07

    nice! awesome turnout for Fast and Furious :)
    u know #5 IS coming soon
    anyways people: PLEASE save ur money and NOT sit thru the Dragonball movie this weekend, trust me Hannah Montana won't have u feeling pissed off when u walk out of the theater

    5 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  8. Forrestgump1

    No Surprise Here-Hannah Montana will take it next weekend-LOLZ!!!!!

    5 years agoby @forrestgump1Flag

  9. AnnoyingFilmCritic

    Fast and Furious is the best in the series, although the original has the nostalgic charm and origin of characters going for it. Really fun, crowd jolting movie!

    I think Wolverine will be close, but, won't surpass F&F's opening record...Star Trek should take the no.1 opening next month since there hasn't been any ST product in a while, huge fan base and JJ Abrams reboot looks good.

    Then, Terminator Salvation should top it, followed by Transformers2.

    5 years agoby @annoyingfilmcriticFlag

  10. horrorfan402

    damn, did not expect that. i guess now i have to go see what the fuss is about.

    5 years agoby @horrorfan402Flag

  11. ed_wood

    It was a good movie, but I didn't expect that number. Holy sh*t.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  12. nathan_lease

    Watch out for that bitch Hannah Montana!

    5 years agoby @nathan-leaseFlag

  13. fanboy

    good news

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  14. Shelley

    I agree with VIS.

    5 years agoby @shelleyFlag

  15. mystery-man

    observe and report is gonna kick a$$

    5 years agoby @nivleFlag

  16. T.Clark

    Wow, I was expecting #1 but not biggest opening of the year so far

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  17. Lock and Stock

    I'm really glad, i loved fast and furious.

    5 years agoby @m-man360Flag

  18. GK

    Awesome!!!

    5 years agoby @indianajonesFlag

  19. Twisted Smile

    I really enjoyed Fast and Furious. It was a fun time at the movies.

    5 years agoby @twistedsmileFlag