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''2 Fast'' is biggest opening by black director. John Singleton's $50.5 million debut beats the record set by Keenen Ivory Wayans' ''Scary Movie 2''

The cars aren't the only speedy elements in ''2 Fast 2 Furious.'' The film's box office take is fast as well. The sequel took in money so quickly this weekend that it allowed director John Singleton to break a record. The film's $50.5 million take is the largest opening ever for a movie made by an African-American director.

''2 Fast'' beat the record of $42.3 million set by Keenen Ivory Wayans' ''Scary Movie 2'' in the summer of 2000. At the time, that figure was also the biggest opening ever, for an R-rated movie, though that benchmark has since been surpassed by ''Hannibal'' and ''The Matrix Reloaded,'' which opened with a take of $91.8 million.

Singleton holds two other records as well. His debut feature, ''Boyz N the Hood'' made him, at 24, the youngest director ever nominated for an Academy Award, and the only black filmmaker nominated for a Best Director Oscar. Those records have stood since 1992; we'll go out on a limb, though, and predict that, for all its box office success, ''2 Fast'' isn't going to earn him another Oscar nod this year.

Originally posted Jun 10, 2003

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