Weekend box office: Fast and Furious 6 easily beats out The Hangover Part III

Weekend box office Fast and Furious 6

If you had been groaning about yet another sequel to FAST AND FURIOUS or THE HANGOVER, then you should just go ahead and mentally prepare yourself for more sequels, at least in the case of FAST AND FURIOUS.  The sixth (I can’t believe we’ve made it six films already) film in the franchise is flirting with $100 million at the weekend box office over the three day holiday, which means it will beat out FAST FIVE by about $10 million.  Regardless of how you feel about the franchise, you have to be impressed that they managed to breath new life into the franchise so late in the game.  As for THE HANGOVER PART III, well they went the opposite route and seemed to have gotten worse with each film.  The third and final film won’t even hit $50 million for the three day weekend, not even coming close to THE HANGOVER PART II’s $86 million opening.  Maybe director Todd Phillips should spend less time telling fans they don’t know what they’re talking about and more time trying to make an enjoyable film.

Although this weekend was an interesting match-up of sequels, next weekend has an interesting match-up as well.  Will Smith teams up with his son Jaden for M. Night Shyamalan’s AFTER EARTH.  I wouldn’t say this could be the end of Will Smith’s summer box office success since the guy managed to recover from WILD WILD WEST, but he’s been out of the public’s eye for a while and AFTER EARTH may not have been the best way to come back.  We also get the magician heist film NOW YOU SEE ME, which seems to be getting good reviews, but I can’t imagine it will have the strength to compete with the other big movies.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final and are for the three day weekend.

1. Fast and Furious 6 $98.5m

2. The Hangover Part III $42.4m

3. Star Trek Into Darkness $38m

4. Epic $34.2m

5. Iron Man 3 $19.4m

6. The Great Gatsby $13.7m

7. Mud $1.9m

8. 42 $1.2m

9. The Croods $1.2m

10. Oblivion $.8m

(Deadline)

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