Dwayne Johnson is Back at the Very Top of the Global Box Office!
Right before heading to Miami for his big birthday celebration on WWE Monday Night Raw, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson caused all sorts of pandemonium in Europe at the Cologne premiere of "Fast 5."
The movie, by the way, is a runaway smash hit.
Fast 5's estimated $83.6 million opening was not only the best yet for the "Fast and Furious" franchise but the biggest opening of 2011 so far, plus the largest in Universal Pictures history (beating "The Lost World: Jurassic Park") and the third-highest opening outside of the holiday or summer seasons. Overall, according to several reports, "Fast 5" gave the box office a 52 percent boost.
Co-producer and star Vin Diesel can also celebrate the movie's solid reviews. Set in Rio and uniting stars from the previous films for a heist story a bit removed from the franchise's street-racing roots, "Fast 5" is actually the first in the "Fast and Furious" series to win over critics. Each previous "Fast and Furious" movie, including the 2001 original, was overwhelmingly panned, but "Fast 5" boasted a 79 percent positive critical rating on movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes at press time. Of course, WTF do they know.
But we digress.
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