Universal's "Fast Five" is off to a huge head start on the competition at the box office this weekend. In a record for the franchise, the film pulled in $3.7 million from midnight screenings last night from just 1,100 theaters. It's on track to gross between $72 and $80 million over the weekend, which would be 2011's biggest opening so far. Looks like summer movie season has officially started!

The midnight total for 2009's "Fast and Furious" was $1.8 million, eventually earning $155 million domestic.

Starting today, "Fast Five" is appearing on 3,643 screens in the U.S. The film is already doing big business overseas, where it is No. 1 in all the territories it's playing in.

"Fast Five" stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson.

Read Drew McWeeny's review here.

 

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Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at Variety.com. He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.