Weekend Box Office: “Fast & Furious 6″ Easily Outraces Competition

Okay, rest of the summer blockbusters, top this.

Here are the numbers

1. Fast & Furious 6 (Universal) NEW [Runs 3,658] PG13
Friday $38.7M, Saturday $31.5M, Sunday $26.6M
3-Day Weekend $96.8M, 4-Day Holiday $120.0M
Domestic Cume $120.0M, International Total $197.0M, Worldwide Cume $317.0M

2. The Hangover III (Legendary/Warner Bros) NEW [Runs 3,555] R
Friday $14.5M, Saturday $14.6M, Sunday $12.5M
3-Day Weekend $41.7M, 4-Day Holiday $51.2M
Domestic Cume $63.0M, International Total $19.2M, Global Cume $82.2M

3. Star Trek Into Darkness 3D (Skyd/Paramount) Week 2 [Runs 3,907] PG13
Friday $10.0M, Saturday $14.4M, Sunday $12.8M
3-Day Weekend $37.2M, 4-Day Holiday $47.0M
Domestic Cume $155.8M, International Total $102.1M, Global Cume $257.9M

4. Epic 3D (Blue Sky Studios/Fox) NEW [Runs 3,882] PG
Friday $9.3M, Saturday $13.3M, Sunday $10.7M
3-Day Weekend $33.5M, 4-Day Holiday $42.6M
Domestic Cume $42.6M, International Total $44.0M, Global Cume $86.6M

5. Iron Man 3 3D (Marvel/Disney) Week 3 [Runs 3,424] PG13
Friday $5.1M, Saturday $7.4M, Sunday $6.6M
3-Day Weekend $19.2M, 4-Day Holiday $24.3M
Domestic Cume $372.4M, International Total $774.8M, Global Cume $1.14B

[Thank you to Deadline for the detailed numbers.]

First, let’s note that this weekend got summer 2013 off to the best start possible–thanks to the contributions of our Number 1 film, this was the biggest Memorial Day movie weekend and the biggest 4-day holiday ever. The whole weekend should total $317 million, beating the previous record holder, 2011′s all-time Memorial Weekend earnings of $276M. Happy box office returns to you all!

I think “Fast 5″ surprised many people with its incredibly strong worldwide opening in 2011; by the fifth movie, most franchises are usually dead, weak at the box office and creatively, but “Fast 5″ earned good reviews as well as lots of money. So this time around, everyone was ready for a big opening for “Fast & Furious 6,” and it delivered. It broke all franchise records, and is now the record holder for Universal Studios’ biggest weekend opener ever. It also stands as the 2nd biggest domestic and international opening of 2013, behind the formidable “Iron Man 3.” And it got an A Cinemascore and great reviews. It’s a great exit for director Justin Lin, who rescued the franchise. Now the seventh film is in the hands of James Wan, who will have a lot to live up to.

“The Hangover Part II” also had a spectacular opening in 2011, but in this case people walked away unhappy with what they got for their ticket price, essentially a weak retread of the original. So this time, as you can imagine, audiences proceeded with caution, waiting to hear how the movie is rather than rushing out and buying a ticket on the good will of the previous films. And what they head was not good. Look, no one’s going to sneer at $42.4 million for a three day opening for a R-rated comedy, but considering this–”Part II” opened at midnight on Thursday in April 2011 with $31.6 million, but “Part III” earned only $11.7 million  for Wednesday late shows and Thursday midnights. That is quite a comedown, my friends. While this movie will undoubtedly turn a profit, I think we can feel pretty sure that there’s not going to be an outcry for fourth.

This weekend’s other new opener, the animated family film “Epic” did as well as you could expect in this kind of overcrowded market. That is no doubt due to the fact that the market may be overcrowded, but the one thing it’s not offering is family movies; this is the first family movie in over a month, since “The Croods” in April. It got an A Cinemascore, so we’ll see if word of mouth can help it next week.

Next week! We have the M. Night Shyamalan-Will Smith-Jaden Smith collaboration “After Earth,” which I don’t think anyone is excited about. There’s also the magician heist movie, “Now You See Me,” and I have no idea how that turned out, after it was seemingly shot about fifteen years ago.

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