On an overly crowded holiday weekend, some very fast cars were able to weave their way to the top of the box office.
With two franchises launching new installments this weekend, it was anyone’s guess as to which would come out on top, by Fast & Furious 6 show to number one easily for the biggest opening weekend yet for the franchise. The sixth installment in this fast-car-turned-heist-films series opened with $98.5 million, coming in with $12 million more than 2011’s Fast Five. Globally the film has already taken in over $275 million and looks set to become the top grossing film in the franchise, beating out the previous installment’s $626.1 million global take. Guess it’s a good thing the seventh film is already in pre-production.
As for some contrast, The Hangover III had the worst opening weekend yet in the franchise, which probably makes it a good thing this has already been announced to be the last film in “the trilogy.” Following some dismal reviews, the third film took in $42.4 million this weekend, and now stands at $54.2 million when you count in its Thursday opening. It sounds like a decent amount, but seeing as The Hangover II took in $117 million in its first four days, you start to see the issue.
Star Trek Into Darkness came in third with $38 million, representing a healthy 45.8 percent slide from its opening weekend. It now stands at $146.8 million after 11 days, only $6 million behind the 2009 film at the same point, so it’s holding well.
Fox’s new animated film Epic opened in fourth place $34.2 million. Not great, but not horrible either. It should also do well today with the holiday.
Rounding out the top five was Iron Man 3 with $19.4 million. That brings its domestic total to $367.5 million, making it the highest grossing film in the series by $49 million. Globally it now stands at $1.1 billion and is the fifth highest grossing film of all time.
Overall it was a good weekend at the box office with it being the best Memorial Day weekend ever. That has to be making some execs smile as last year it looked like the summer was doomed with Men in Black 3 disappointing as the lead film.
Next weekend sees the releases of After Earth and Now You See Me.
Curious how I think these new films will do? Check out my second quarter films of 2013 predictions.