June 3 2013

Fast & Furious Trounces the Smith Family

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It seems Will Smith learned some harsh lessons this weekend: Don’t constantly work with your son, and stay away from M. Night Shyamalan.

Fast & Furious 6 held on to first place in its second weekend despite a 64.5 percent drop from its opening weekend and came in with $34.5 million. It’s tracking ahead of Fast Five by about $31 million at the 10 day mark, and it’s up to $480.5 million globally. A seventh film is already in pre-production, and it looks like that was a safe bet, and I would be surprised if we hear about an eighth one in the near future.

A surprise in second place was the new magic/heist film, Now You See Me. Most predicted it would come in around $20 million this weekend, but it instead over performed with $28 million. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes.

The beginning of a train wreck took shape with After Earth landing in third place with $27 million. Where Now You See Me over performed, this new Will and Jaden Smith film was expected to come in with somewhere in the high $30 to low $40 million range. Some are saying this is on Shyamalan for co-writing and directing it, but I never saw his name really emphasized in the marketing. As much as I dislike the man’s work, I put this squarely on the Smiths.

Fourth place is currently a tie based on the estimates. Fox’s animated tale Epic took in another $16.4 million to bring its domestic total to $65.1 million. Star Trek Into Darkness is also said to have brought in $16.4 million which brings its domestic total to $181.1 million.

It’s worth noting that firmly in sixth place was The Hangover Part III, continuing that film’s failure. It opened in second place last weekend and slid 61.8 percent to come in with $15.9 million bringing its domestic total to $88 million. While that sounds like a healthy amount, compared to the previous two films it is distinctly not good.

Next week’s big releases are The Internship and The Purge.

Curious how I think these new films will do? Check out my second quarter films of 2013 predictions.

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