Furious, Monsters Soar at Box Office

Fast & Furious blew the doors off the competition with a domestic gross of $72.5 million while the 3-D animated feature Monsters vs. Aliens held strong in its second weekend of release

The fourth entry in Universal’s tough guys and cars franchise broke all kinds of records, including best-ever opening for April, the biggest opening weekend of 2009 the best non-holiday, three-day weekend opening ever for Universal. Fast & Furious also roared to success overseas, pulling in just over $30 million to make it a $100 million weekend for the movie, which stars Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.

That was good news for DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens, which grossed $33.5 million in its second weekend, a drop of only 43 percent and putting it over the $100 million domestic mark.

Compared to the strength of the top two finishers, the rest of the pack was way behind. The only other new major release, the comedy Adventureland, grossed $6 million and came in sixth place, behind holdovers The Haunting in Connecticut ($9.5 million), Knowing ($8.1 million) and I Love You, Man ($7.8 million).

Now in its ninth week of release, Coraline came in 19th place for the weekend, grossing $193,000 and bringing its cumulative domestic gross to $74.3 million.