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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]

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