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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 6, 2009 at 8:49 AM

“Fast & Furious” zooms to $72.5 million

Well, I didn’t see this one coming; did you? “Fast & Furious,” the curiously titled fourth film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise (the word “and” got lost along the way), set an April box-office record this weekend, earning $72.5 million since Friday. The third film in the series, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” opened to $23 million in 2006. What a difference an ampersand makes, I guess. Any of you out there part of that $72.5 million? What’d you think of the movie?
Meanwhile, “Monsters vs. Aliens” lost some momentum, while “Adventureland” had a decent opening with $6 million. (That’s considered decent for a little movie without big names or special effects; funny how “Duplicity,” which opened to three times that, was considered a flop.) “Sunshine Cleaning,” playing on only a few hundred screens nationwide (“F&F,” by contrast, is on almost 3500), is doing well, as is the Nicolas Cage vehicle “Knowing.” Variety notes that the box office is up an amazing 75-80 percent over the same weekend last year. This fact sent me scurrying to my 2008 release calendar to see what godawful movie was gracing screens the first weekend in April. Want to guess? It was “Leatherheads,” the George Clooney comedy that wasn’t so much godawful as misguided. Anyway, it flopped. Box office is a mysterious thing.
Enjoy the sunshine; I’m off to sit in a dark theater . . .

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