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FAST FIVE IS FASTER THAN PREDICTED

May 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As things turned out, Fast Five not only came in well ahead of the predictions by box office forecasters, it came in ahead of the studio’s own estimates on Sunday. Universal, whose own prediction had been that the movie would open with around $60 million (a figure that most analysts regarded as a low-ball number), […]

FAST FIVE ROARS FURIOUSLY TO NO. 1

May 2, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Universal’s Fast Five left every movie of the year in the dust over the weekend as it roared to first place with a smashing $83.6-million victory. The estimated total far surpassed the most sanguine forecasts and gave the movie industry, which has experienced a doleful downturn in revenue and attendance since well before the start […]

“SUMMER STARTS EARLY”

April 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

On the calendar, summer officially begins more than a month and a half from now, but so far as Universal Pictures is concerned, it begins this weekend. “Summer Starts Early” is the slogan the studio is using to usher in Fast Five, a movie requiring the accompaniment of popcorn, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS. EVIL

April 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Ordinarily, critics pull their punches when they’re writing about relatively low-budget animated movies aimed at kids. After all, what may seem lame to an adult just might delight little tykes. They are not so generous in their reviews of Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil. Consider Kyle Smith’s opening shot in the New York Post: “Parents […]