“Fast Five” Revved Up Box Office With $83 Million

“Fast Five,” the fifth installment of the popular Fast And Furious franchise puts Hollywood weekend box office in overdrive with a whopping US$83.6 million debut in the US alone.

“Fast Five” turned in Universal’s best-ever debut, as well as the year’s highest opening to date. Pic grossed $129 million worldwide, lifting global cume to an already revved-up $165 million after only two weeks.

“This weekend has become extremely viable,” said Universal distribution topper Nikki Rocco. “I think people are hungry for big movies by this time of year.”

“Fast Five” won the weekend in every new territory, including Russia and Germany, where, as in the U.S., the film gave U its biggest opening weekend ever. In Russia, “Fast Five” debuted with $11.5 million — the territory’s highest debut this year — while in Spain, the pic won with $6.3 million.

Paramount’s “Thor” is a worldwide hit with an estimated $83 million from 56 markets worldwide, making it 2011’s best-yet start internationally.

While “Thor” went in virtually every major overseas territory, “Fast Five” still has 49 markets yet to open, including France Italy, Brazil and Mexico next weekend.

Watch “Fast Five” trailer below.