Box-Office Wrap-Up: ‘Fast Five’ Obliterates Records On Way to $83 Million Opening

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Would you say summer has begun… at least in terms of movies? Let’s see…
Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 1 Weeks In A Row
Fast and Furious held the previous April opening record with $70.9 million. The same film held the previous April opening day record with $30.6 million. The largest opening ever for a Universal Pictures film was Steven Spielberg’s Lost World: Jurassic Park, which brought in $72.1 million back in 1997. All of those records are now held by one film… Fast Five.

Laremy went rather conservative with his $77 million prediction, but the first user prediction on the board last week was the closest as Athar jumped out of the gates with an $83.5 million prediction. Hard to beat that one.

Result: $83.6 million
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #1 and his prediction of $77 million was $6.6m off for a percentage error of 7.89%.
2. Rio
Rio dipped 45% in its third weekend and is now the fourth film this year to top the $100 million mark.
Result: $14.4 million
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #2 with $18.42 million, which is $4.02m off for a 27.92% error.
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family didn’t jump out of the gates as big as previous Made features and after a nearly 60% dip in its second weekend won’t be coming close to the previous installment’s $90 million take. What gives? Are audiences done with Madea?
Result: $10 million
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #3 with $10.78 million, which is $0.78m off for a 7.8% error.
Also in its second weekend, Water for Elephants dropped 45% and this week showed some slightly larger drops, primarily due to last week’s rather front-loaded Friday due to spring break.
Result: $9.1 million
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #4 with $10.1 million, which is $1m off for a 10.99% error.
5. Prom
Apparently Disney’s Prom isn’t the draw High School Musical was as Laremy overshot this title by nearly double. Oops. Most readers agreed with him and some went even higher, though Andrew came closest with a $6.8 million pick.
Result: $5 million
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #5 with $9.45 million, which is $4.45m off for a 89% error.
Have you seen the Hayden Panettiere music video for this film? The production value on it is about as impressive as the film’s box-office take, which is to say it’s sorta ugly.

Again, Laremy was almost 100% off on this one, but “Just Myself” wasn’t fooled as his/her (gotta use real names folks so I get a heads up on your gender) prediction was a really close $4.9 million. Kudos.

Result: $4.1 million
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #6 with $8.13 million, which is $4.03m off for a 98.29% error.
Soul Surfer keeps on chugging with a 39% dip as it is now over $33 million domestically.
Result: $3.3 million
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #9 with $4.35 million, which is $1.05m off for a 31.82% error.
Insidious is the success story of the year so far with a budget of $1.5 million and a domestic take of $48 million to date. Film District is starting things off right with this film and Soul Surfer.
Result: $2.6 million
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #10 with $3.84 million, which is $1.24m off for a 47.69% error.
9. Hop
Hop is one of 2011’s other $100 million earners as it has now topped $105 million. Though the Easter bump last weekend means this weekend was a 79% dip. Probably the last we’ll hear of it until its DVD/Blu-ray release.
Result: $2.55 million
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #7 with $7.67 million, which is $5.12m off for a 200.78% error.
Source Code has caused for a lot of buzz around these parts, which always seems to make its overall $48 million domestic take seem a bit measly.
Result: $2.53 million
Laremy’s rank: Not Ranked

I must say, I have a bone to pick with Laremy… he made me add Dylan Dog: Dead of Night to the database because he picked it to make the top ten with $4.5 million. Crash and burn! The film managed a paltry $884,625 from 875 theaters. I’m just giving Laremy a hard time of course. Dylan Dog was one of the films I saw advertised most on television in recent weeks, but I guess the folks like me watching the NBA playoffs just weren’t buying in to what looked like a terrible movie.

This week also saw Scream 4 dip out of the top ten as it has now made only $35 million domestically, making any chance of a Scream 5 pretty much nil. Oh well, I enjoyed this latest installment quite a bit, which is all that really matters.

Finally, Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins opened in just four theaters this weekend and made $40,200.

All of that now leads us to what is considered the “true” start of summer as next week will see Thor open up its attempted assault on the box-office. I saw some people predicting next weekend already in my Friday post at around $50-60 million. Is that the general consensus?

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