'Fast Five' Sets Universal Record With $85.1 Million at International Box Office

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Universal's Fast Five zoomed to the top of the foreign theatrical circuit's boxoffice chart on the weekend, grossing a speedy $85.1 million from 7,325 locations – for a per-screen average of $11,618 – in 58 overseas territories.

Opening in 44 new markets and almost doubling its $45.9 million gross from the prior stanza, Fast Five's take was described by Universal as the biggest international weekend in company history, surpassing the previous weekend record ($84.3 million) grossed by 2005's King Kong update.

Fast Five, which has been playing overseas for three rounds, has accumulated $183.9 million offshore, lifting its worldwide total gross to date to $323.6 million.

The film's Mexico opening ($9 million from 509 spots) was a market record for a Universal title. In Brazil, Fast Five was No. 1 with $5 million drawn from 310 locations.

Market opening records for Universal were also set in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and in Uruguay. Fast Five was also No. 1 in Germany and Austria as well as Italy ($7.4 million at 420 playdates) and France ($9 million from 483 sites).

The fifth sequel in the turbo-charged car action franchise, directed by Justin Lin and starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Paul Walker, has five territories yet to play with three opening this week including China. (Top foreign grosser in the action car franchise is 2009's Fast & Furious, drawing $208 million offshore.)

Paramount's release of Marvel Entertainment's Thor, last weekend No. 1 title on the foreign circuit, finished second this round with $44.6 million drawn from 12,476 locations in 60 offshore markets. That was a nearly 50% drop from the $87 million gross notched the prior round.

Director Kenneth Branagh's 3D interpretation of a Stan Lee comic book about an otherworldly warrior defending planet Earth opened in four markets, the biggest of which was China where "preliminary indications" put the debut gross at $2.3 million from the film's one-day Sunday opening, said Paramount.

A No. 1 second round in the U.K. yielded $3.2 million from 503 sites for a market cume of $15.5 million. In 11 days, Thor has gross a total of $174.8 million overseas.

Rio, 20th Century Fox's family-oriented animation title, finished No. 3 on the weekend with $15.9 million derived from 8,596 screens in 67 markets, hoisting the film's cume after a month of overseas playtime to $292.2 million.

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