<i>Fast Five</i> Rolls Past <i>Thor</i> In Australian Debut

Thor opened alongside Fast Five in Australia last night, and it was the latter's combination of star power, brand recognition and fast cars that sped it past the Marvel adaptation's opening-day box office figures, The Hollywood Reporter reveals. This is despite the fact that the Marvel movie features Aussie star Chris Hemsworth in the title role, and that the single-country opening this weekend is also its worldwide premiere.

Fast Five earned a healthy $2.02 million USD last night, bringing its two-day total to $4.34 USD. Thor fell about a half-million short of that, with an opening day box office total of $1.5 million USD.

Thor doesn't hit the United States until May 6 -- the last in a series of worldwide openings that kicked off last night -- but some folks here have already seen it, including Comic Book Resources' Jonah Weiland, and the reports are immensely positive. Jonah went as far as calling it "the best from Marvel Studios yet," which is incredibly encouraging to hear as this and July's Captain America: The First Avenger will deliver the final setup for next summer's ensemble superhero blockbuster, The Avengers.

Fast Five arrives in the U.S. next Friday, reuniting original stars Paul Walker and Vin Diesel while adding another musclebound newcomer, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, to the cast. You can probably expect a solid performance from both in the coming weeks, though Thor being topped in its opening night doesn't necessarily mean the Marvel movie will come out behind in the end.

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