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'Fast Five' rolls over the $600-million mark at the global box office

July 10, 2011 | 11:33 am


After speeding to the front at the box office when it debuted in April, "Fast Five" has now lapped its predecessors in the film franchise by grossing more than $600 million worldwide.

The film, the fifth installment in the series featuring high-speed cars, this weekend collected $370,000 in 40 foreign markets, bringing its international total to $601.6 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. And the movie has even more to gross overseas, as it won't open in Japan until October.

That means that "Fast Five" is now the highest grossing film in the franchise -- by far. The fourth film, 2009's "Fast and Furious," previously held that record, though it ultimately grossed a comparatively meager $363.2 million worldwide.

With the immense success of the latest film, it's no wonder that Universal already has plans to cash in on the franchise again. The studio last month announced it had dated a sixth "Fast & Furious" movie for Memorial Day 2013.

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Vin Diesel stars in "Fast Five." Credit: Universal Pictures