Big Update on The Rock and “Fast Five;” Photos Included

Nick Paglino

Right before heading to Miami for his big birthday celebration on WWE Monday Night Raw, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson caused all sorts of pandemonium in Europe at the Cologne premiere of "Fast 5."

The movie, by the way, is a runaway smash hit.

Fast 5′s estimated $83.6 million opening was not only the best yet for the "Fast and Furious" franchise but the biggest opening of 2011 so far, plus the largest in Universal Pictures history (beating "The Lost World: Jurassic Park") and the third-highest opening outside of the holiday or summer seasons. Overall, according to several reports,  "Fast 5" gave the box office a 52 percent boost.

Co-producer and star Vin Diesel can also celebrate the movie’s solid reviews. This is the first of the franchise’s films to get thumbs up from the critics. Even The Rock’s birthday celebration on Monday, capped off by the video introduced by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, was very well received. The show was praised online by such Rock rivals as Stone Cold Steve Austin, so it’s been a really good week for The Rockl!

For much more on the "Fast 5" movie, and to see exclusive photos of The Rock in Europe, click on the appropriate links below.

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