Weekend Box Office: ‘Fast Five’ Blows By Competition

(Paul Walker and Vin Diesel star in the weekend's number one movie, “Fast Five.” Photo provided)

(Paul Walker and Vin Diesel star in the weekend’s number one movie, “Fast Five.” Photo provided)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Well, the summer movie season began a week earlier than expected.

That is because the action-thriller sequel Fast Five, the fifth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise, did its best impression of a summer blockbuster by driving away to a first-place finish and earning an estimated $84 million in its theatrical debut.

Last weekend’s leader Rio, the animated attraction, dropped to a distant second, taking in $14 million.

The weekend’s other two new mainstream releases also placed in the middle of the top ten.

Prom, the high school dramedy, finished fifth with a total of $5 million. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil took in $4 million, good for sixth place.

The long summer movie season gets off to a lively, premature start, in April, with industry-wide totals a whopping 50 percent higher than those on the counterpart weekend last year.

Reported by Bill Wine, KYW Newsradio