This past weekend made history for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as his movie Fast Five took in $86.2 million in North America during its weekend (including the Thursday presentation). That makes it a new record for not only the Fast & the Furious franchise, but Universal as well. In addition, this makes it the biggest opening weekend of the year 2011 as the summer blockbusters continue to roll out in theaters in coming weeks and months.
Director Justin Lin, who directed the last three Fast & Furious movies, is already planning a sixth installment, which will see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reprise his role as US special agent Hobbs. “After this big weekend, we’re going forward,” Lin told USA Today on Monday. “It’s pretty much 100%. It’s going to happen. At five, we’re just hitting our stride .. We’re growing. People want to continue this journey.”
After the closing credits of Fast Five, a brief scene aired that revealed details on the plot of Fast Six. The scene featured The Rock with actress Eva Mendes talking about a new case – a robbery involving actress Michelle Rodriguez’s character Letty, who was murdered in 2009’s Fast & Furious – a sign that she’ll be returning “from the dead” in the next movie.