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`Fast & Furious' Grabs Best Opening of Year

Fourth time’s the charm? Fast & Furious, the latest installment in Universal’s hot-rodding franchise, is headed for the best opening of them all—and the best film opening of 2009. With $72.5 million this weekend, it’s already earned more than 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, which ended up making $62.5 million. The film, reuniting original stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, surpassed last week’s opening of Monsters vs. Aliens, which racked up $33.5 million in its second week. Rom-com Adventureland, the weekend’s other big release, opened with $6 million.