Fast & Furious 6 topped the $120 million mark in the U.S. this Memorial Day weekend, making it the biggest film opening in Universal Pictures history. The movie, starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, reigned supreme over all of the other movies this past weekend, including Warner’s The Hangover Part III, which landed in second place with $51.2 million. It helped fuel the biggest Memorial Day weekend in box office history.
Universal’s previous best opening over Memorial Day weekend in 1997 was Jurassic Park entry The Lost World. It debuted at $90.2 million.
According to Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box-office division at Hollywood.com “We’re looking at about $316 million combined, Friday through Monday. That’s historic — Hollywood’s biggest Memorial Day weekend ever, by far.”
Fast & Furious 6 also had the second-biggest film opening of the year, with the biggest being Disney’s Iron Man 3 at $175.3 million.
This action-packed movie played at approximately 3,650 locations and topped $120 million, and accomplished this impressive feat without relying on having any extra 3D ticket charges.
The previous movie in the series, Fast & Furious 5, in comparison, earned what was then the franchise-best record of $92.4 million. Friday through Sunday, alone, the flick earned $96.8 million.
Overseas, Fast & Furious 6 has already earned even a greater figure, $197 million. Universal Pictures reportedly spent $160 million producing the film.
Fast & Furious 7, it should come as no surprise, is already scheduled to be released next summer. Also, Amazon.com has already started taking pre-orders for the DVD and Blu-ray release of Fast & Furious 6 at a discounted price, so if you’re one of the millions of moviegoers who loved this fantastic movie, and want to own it, you’re in luck.
The Hangover Part III, starring Bradley Copper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms came in second place, while Paramount Pictures’ sci-fi flick Star Trek Into Darkness took third place with $47 million. To date the second Trek film from J.J. Abrams has collected $257.9 million world wide.
Fourth place went to the Fox and Blue Sky Studios animated film Epic with $42.6 million. Iron Man 3 had a take of $24.4 million. This Marvel Studios film now sits in fifth place on the highest earning films of all time list at $1.15 billion and counting.
The previously unprecedented success of the box office this weekend has helped turn the tide on movie attendance and sales. Prior to this weekend, both were down 11 to 12 percent compared to last year, and now the figure has decreased to just 7 percent.
Next weekend, After Earth opens, starring Will Smith. It’s sure to provide competition for Fast & Furious 6. With such a spectacular opening weekend, though, it might prove difficult to topple Fast & Furious 6 from being the top money-making movie thus far of the summer.
Written by: Douglas Cobb