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'Fast & Furious' grosses huge $30.1 mil on Friday, on pace to shatter box office records

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Fast & Furious started off the weekend in shocking fashion, earning an astonishing $30.1 million at the box office on Friday. That sum is more than twice what most industry observers expected and it sets Vin Diesel’s franchise flick on a pace to annihilate the record for the best April opening ever, Anger Management‘s $42.2 mil, among other achievements. By comparison, the highly anticipated Watchmen banked a smaller $25.1 mil on its first day. (Yes, the sound you hear right now is jaws dropping all around Hollywood.) The weekend’s other big new movie, Adventureland, had a hard time getting its motor running, grossing just $2.2 mil on the first day of the frame. Friday’s rankings are below, and please check back here tomorrow for a full weekend recap in the Box Office Report.

1. Fast & Furious — $30.1 mil
2. Monsters vs. Aliens — $8.9 mil
3. The Haunting in Connecticut — $3.7 mil
4. I Love You, Man — $2.7 mil
5. Knowing — $2.7 mil
6. Adventureland — $2.2 mil

More Box Office News:

Box Office Preview: Fast & Furious revs up for a weekend win
Monsters vs. Aliens opens at No. 1 with $58.2 mil
Knowing cruises to weekend victory
Race to Witch Mountain casts a spell at No. 1
Watchmen wins the weekend with $55.7 mil
EW.com’s Box Office Chart

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