Associated Press - April 5, 2009 11:43 AM ET
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Fast & Furious" has left its competition in the dust with a $72.5 million opening weekend.
That is the best opening weekend so far this year, topping last weekend's $59.3 million debut for "Monsters vs. Aliens."
"Fast & Furious" also has raced to a record for April debuts, easily passing the previous best of $42.2 million set by "Anger Management" in 2003.
The fourth installment of "The Fast and the Furious" street-racing franchise brings back the four stars of the 2001 original - Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster.
The reunion has paid off for distributor Universal, which also has pulled in $30.1 million in 32 other countries where "Fast & Furious" is playing.