Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Fast Five tops world box office

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker star in Fast Five

Fast Five and its combination of babes, brawn and breathtaking action has left all others in the rear view mirror when it comes to the world box office chart.

The latest film in the Fast And Furious franchise recorded a turbo-charged haul of 130.4 million dollars for the weekend in nearly 6,300 international theatres and a worldwide total of 180.2 million.

Thor is preparing for its North American debut this weekend, but has already enthralled foreign audiences with a second-place finish of 77.7 million dollars in 43 territories, according to Rentrak Theatrical.

Boasting Academy Award winners Natalie Portman and Sir Anthony Hopkins, as well as beefy Australian Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the Marvel Comics big screen epic should be a mainstay on the international charts for weeks to come. The film has earned 116.2 million dollars worldwide through the weekend.

The animated birds of Rio continue to nest themselves in the top five with another stellar showing of 41.1 million dollars in their fourth weekend of release.

Inhabiting the most theatres and territories of any film on the chart, Rio has become a worldwide juggernaut with nearly 335 million in global revenues.

Making up the top five are Robert Pattinson's latest outing Water For Elephants (13.5 million dollars) and Madea's Big Happy Family (9.8 million).

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