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'Fast Five' tops weekend box office

"Fast Five" has left the competition in the dust with an $83.6 million debut to grab the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office, The Associated Press reports.

Universal Pictures' fifth movie in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise was by far this year's biggest opening. Its take was more than double the previous best of $39.2 million for "Rio," the 20th Century Fox animated hit that slipped to No. 2 with $14.4 million.

The No. 1 movie the two previous weekends, "Rio" raised its total to $103.6 million.

"Fast Five" set a record for best April debut, speeding past the $71 million haul of its predecessor, "Fast & Furious," two years ago. The movie reteams Vin Diesel and Paul Walker as outlaw driving aces and adds Dwayne Johnson as a federal agent on their tail. The action expands beyond the franchise's traditional racing scene into a broad crime romp.

"Summer began April 29," said Nikki Rocco of Universal. "This was all about the right decisions we made, from the concept to the task. How this was made, that it's not just a car-racing movie, but making it into an action-heist movie. . . . And the marketing that said, 'This is not the same. This is new. You're going to love this, and it's going to open up a whole new world.' "

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