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It may well be that in its fourth installment, Universal Pictures' 'Fast & Furious' franchise has finally hit its top speed. According to preliminary estimates by Media by Numbers, the Vin Diesel/Paul Walker/Jordana Brewster/Michelle Rodriguez street racing vehicle cranked out a shocking $72.5 million dollar payday over the weekend.

To put that in proper context, CNN reports that this figure is the best April film opening ever, blowing away 'Anger Management' at $42.2M, and it easily dusts the opening weekend of 'Fast 2 Furious" ($50.5M), previously the series' best outing. Perhaps most jarring is news that the $72.5M earnings would make it the best opening for a car-related movie ever.

One thing's for sure – with a showing like this, we're betting that Hollywood execs are already on the phones this morning commissioning scripts for a fifth film – if they don't have a drawer full of 'em already.

Are you planning on seeing 'Fast and Furious?' Take our poll after the jump. Thanks for the tip, Daniel!

[Source: CNN | Image: Mark Renders/Getty]

Are you planning to see the new 'Fast & Furious' movie?
Heck Yeah! 1122 (32.8%)
Heck No! 420 (12.3%)
Maybe 614 (17.9%)
Already saw it! 1100 (32.1%)
167 (4.9%)

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey guys, did you know that shifting up and down continuously makes your car go faster?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Me and the wife wanted to go to the movies and this was the best option out (thought about going to go see Knowing, but chose this), and I have to say, it was probably the best one of the series. There was actually character development. The death of one of the main characters added some depth as well (poor actor playing the part just can't get a break, gets killed off ALOT). Was pleasantly surprised.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But, please, be careful and don't mention in what minute he/she will die.
        I'm sure lots of ppl would be even more grateful.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was very careful to not say who, if you would like for me to, I will.
        • 6 Years Ago
        > The death of one of the main characters

        Thank you very much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So I went to watch is with a chick and she totally loved the movie. I need to watch it again by myself to really know what was going on.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow totally crazy. Didn't expect it to break any box office records. I guess all the crazy promotions worked. Well there wasn't anything else opening this past weekend anyway.

      Shameless plug:
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've seen every one on opening weekend. It's cars, and I like cars. Sure, the acting sucks, the car jargon is totally off and they do things that make no sense, but who cares? I have fun.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'll wait till a dvdrip comes out on mininova. i'm not going to waste a dime on this crap.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Save your money
      Just download it
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw the movie on Sunday, the place was packed. There was a lot of people with kids. The actual movie wasn't bad, loads of sexy women, cars and so-so acting. I think they made it more of a action movie vs previous attempts at car movie. If you want to kill 2h of you're time it is not a bad idea. But do not go if you want a deep story and suspense.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Turn off your brain and have fun! :oD
      • 6 Years Ago
      No way I'll be watching it. No interest in rice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Apparently, no clue either...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't have any interest in these types of movies. Never seen any of the F&F type movies or Transformers either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Note taken.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But you were interested in a thread about the movies to comment on them. Interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      any rally fans notice the rs200?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This goes to show you what Vin Diesel did for this film..
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