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July 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Vin Diesel, left, and Dwayne Johnson

While much attention has been directed at the performance of summer blockbusters, analysts appear to be overlooking the commanding performance of Fast Five, which passed the $600-million mark on the worldwide box office over the weekend. The fifth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise collected $370,000 in ticket sales in 40 countries over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times reported, to bring its worldwide gross to $601.6 million, well ahead of the previous high for the series, the $363.2 million collected worldwide for the francise’s fourth film in 2009. (Fast Five earned a total of $208.5 million during its domestic run.) The movie is now the third-highest-grossing film of 2011, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Times with $1.02 billion and Transformers: Dark of the Moon with $645 million.