After speeding to the front at the box office when it debuted in April, “Fast Five” has now lapped its predecessors in the film franchise by grossing more than $600 million worldwide.
The film, the fifth installment in the series featuring high-speed cars and the wacky men and women who race them, this weekend collected $370,000 in 40 foreign markets, bringing its international total to $601.6 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. And there’s more mileage left: “Fast Five” won’t open in Japan until October.
That means that “Fast Five” is now the highest-grossing film in the franchise — by far. The fourth film, 2009’s “Fast & Furious,” previously held that record, though it ultimately grossed a comparatively meager $363.2 million worldwide.
With the immense success of the latest film, it’s no wonder that Universal already has plans for a sixth “Fast & Furious” movie, scheduled to open Memorial Day 2013.