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Weekend Box Office Report: May 24-26, 2013

May. 26, 2013by: Dave Davis

Fast & Furious & First!

There's still plenty of fuel left in the tank of the glossy vehicular franchise known for its undeniable fastness and furiosity, proven once again as FAST & FURIOUS 6 zoomed to the #1 position with a $98.5 million opening weekend.

The Diesel-powered sixth entry (which should end up with around $122 million when tomorrow's holiday receipts are included) surpassed the surprising opening of FAST FIVE, which peeled off the line in April 2011 with $86.1 million, toward an eventual $209.8M finish (and a $626.1M worldwide total).

The paying crowds also stamped the speedy action flick with an 'A' CinemaScore, so those muscular motors should keep revving for a few more summer weekends. FAST & FURIOUS 6 has also driven away with an additional $177 million from international markets. No wonder the studio is in a hurry to get the next sequel into theaters for next summer (even though four-time FAST director Justin Lin won't be back behind the camera).

Audiences weren't quite as enthused about another crazy trip with the Wolf Pack, leaving the THE HANGOVER PART III locked up in second place and pondering what happened -- the R-rated trilogy-ender didn't quite have the showdown some were expecting with the weekend's other big release, getting left in FAST & FURIOUS 6's dust with $42.4 million (and a $52.4 million total since its Thursday opening).

The concluding chapter of THE HANGOVER (which this time cost over $100M to make, compared to the $35M budget of the first) didn't entirely thrill moviegoers, who gave PART III a 'B' CinemaScore -- even after PART II somehow managed a grade of 'A-'. THE HANGOVER PART II opened this same weekend in 2011 with $85.9 million and a $254.4M total (shy of THE HANGOVER's $277M).

Americans may be getting exhausted with the binge-activated antics, but THE HANGOVER PART III hasn't yet made it to most overseas areas, where the movies have also been popular (THE HANGOVER's worldwide total was $467.4M and PART II made $586.7M).

Regardless of who won the competition, the multiplex was definitely a popular destination over the long holiday weekend -- it's looking like the total box office will be an all-time high for both Memorial Day and for any four-day holiday period.

Last week's winner STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS docked in third place with another $38 million (a respectable 45% drop in business) and a $146.8 million 11-day total. The JJ Abrams reboot sequel (up to almost $250M worldwide) managed propel itself ahead of Fox's new computer-animated EPIC, which debuted in fourth place with $34.2 million. The 3D fantasy from the ICE AGE creators filled a void for family entertainment (THE CROODS first opened two-and-a-half months ago) but was clearly the underdog in a heavyweight weekend.

IRON MAN 3 dropped to fifth place with $19.4 million, and $367.5 million total after four weeks in domestic release. But Marvel's shiny Avenger is up to $1.14 billion worldwide, putting the Stark blockbuster at #5 on the all-time global moneymaker chart and passing TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, LOTR: RETURN OF THE KING, SKYFALL and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

THE GREAT GATSBY came in sixth with $13.7 million, and the lavish adaptation passed the $100 million mark earlier in the week, making it the biggest domestic release for director Baz Luhrmann. Things take a steep dive after that, although Matthew McConaughey's MUD is standing firm even while relinquishing screens to make room for the big summer releases.

Outside the chart, PEEPLES, THE BIG WEDDING and Michael Bay's PAIN & GAIN (at #4 last week) slipped from sight while the third Hawke/Delpy/Linklater romance BEFORE MIDNIGHT had a strong $54k per-screen limited release opening.

Next weekend features Will Smith and offspring Jaden stranded with M. Night Shyamalan in the sci-fi movie AFTER EARTH, plus several familiar faces use their illusionist skills to steal in NOW YOU SEE ME.

What is your favorite movie in the FAST & FURIOUS series? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Fast and Furious 6 $98.5 M
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2. The Hangover Part III $42.4 M $54.2 M
3. Star Trek Into Darkness $38 M $146.8 M
4. Epic $34.2 M
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5. Iron Man 3 $19.4 M $367.5 M
6. The Great Gatsby $13.7 M $114.4 M
7. Mud $1.9 M $14.5 M
8. 42 $1.2 M $91 M
9. The Croods $1.2 M $179.2 M
10. Oblivion $1 M $87.2 M

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8:54AM on 05/28/2013
There is something wrong people. FAST & FURIOUS has and always will be CORNY!!!
There is something wrong people. FAST & FURIOUS has and always will be CORNY!!!
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6:12PM on 05/27/2013

Star Trek Into Darkness deserves to have legs...

I'm one of the people that had hoped Into Darkness would open even bigger than Star Trek. Even though it's opening was a little soft due to the Thursday premiere, at least now it seems to be holding its own and has actually made more money than the first one through the same point. Here's hoping it matches that one's final box office tally because it deserves it.
I'm one of the people that had hoped Into Darkness would open even bigger than Star Trek. Even though it's opening was a little soft due to the Thursday premiere, at least now it seems to be holding its own and has actually made more money than the first one through the same point. Here's hoping it matches that one's final box office tally because it deserves it.
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5:16PM on 05/27/2013

Star Trek Into Darkness deserves to have legs...

I'm one of the people that had hoped Into Darkness would open even bigger than Star Trek. Even though it's opening was a little soft due to the Thursday premiere, at least now it seems to be holding its own and has actually made more money than the first one through the same point. Here's hoping it matches that one's final box office tally because it deserves it.
I'm one of the people that had hoped Into Darkness would open even bigger than Star Trek. Even though it's opening was a little soft due to the Thursday premiere, at least now it seems to be holding its own and has actually made more money than the first one through the same point. Here's hoping it matches that one's final box office tally because it deserves it.
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3:19PM on 05/27/2013

Wow FF6

I never imagined it would make that much over the weekend! Gotta give props...
And while it is indeed a mindless, bloated summer film...so what?! It never claimed to be anything different. That is why I like both fine dining and fast food. There's a time and place to satisfy both appetites!
I never imagined it would make that much over the weekend! Gotta give props...
And while it is indeed a mindless, bloated summer film...so what?! It never claimed to be anything different. That is why I like both fine dining and fast food. There's a time and place to satisfy both appetites!
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11:43AM on 05/27/2013
Hell yeah Furious is number one. Such a great flick! Props to Justin Lin.
Hell yeah Furious is number one. Such a great flick! Props to Justin Lin.
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6:12AM on 05/27/2013
When I watched the fast and the furious in 2001 never imagined I'd be still enjoying it as much as I do when it reaches part 6
When I watched the fast and the furious in 2001 never imagined I'd be still enjoying it as much as I do when it reaches part 6
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11:53PM on 05/26/2013
Some people look forward to a great steak, but some of those same people and many many more feast on mcdonalds, regardless of what the "food" is made of. F&F is cinematic mcdonalds.
Some people look forward to a great steak, but some of those same people and many many more feast on mcdonalds, regardless of what the "food" is made of. F&F is cinematic mcdonalds.
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2:16PM on 05/27/2013
At least it's better than regurgitated shit like Into Blandness. If you're going to make a movie, make something original. And compared to Abrams' work, F&F6 actually is original.
At least it's better than regurgitated shit like Into Blandness. If you're going to make a movie, make something original. And compared to Abrams' work, F&F6 actually is original.
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9:37PM on 05/26/2013

Mud

Saw mud today, excellent film. Acting is top notch like a lot of people said but for me the cinematography was simply fantastic. It plays on only one screen here in montreal and it was pretty packed. Find it and see it people!
Saw mud today, excellent film. Acting is top notch like a lot of people said but for me the cinematography was simply fantastic. It plays on only one screen here in montreal and it was pretty packed. Find it and see it people!
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11:39PM on 05/26/2013
I am going to check it out. It sucks that's there's only one theater playing it.
I am going to check it out. It sucks that's there's only one theater playing it.
9:36PM on 05/26/2013
It's to the credit of Justin Lin and co. that the Fast and Furious series doesn't feel like it's dragging its feet (or tyres, rather) and that there does seem to be a long way more to go. I really hope Fast 7, which is due out in just a year, won't feel too rushed.
It's to the credit of Justin Lin and co. that the Fast and Furious series doesn't feel like it's dragging its feet (or tyres, rather) and that there does seem to be a long way more to go. I really hope Fast 7, which is due out in just a year, won't feel too rushed.
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11:06PM on 05/26/2013
Well you gotta remember they were planning to film Fast 6 & 7 back to back, so I think they had a story in place already. I think James Wan is a nice replacement for Lin.
Well you gotta remember they were planning to film Fast 6 & 7 back to back, so I think they had a story in place already. I think James Wan is a nice replacement for Lin.
11:16PM on 05/26/2013
Yeah, I hope that's the case and I am interested to see what Wan brings to the table.
Yeah, I hope that's the case and I am interested to see what Wan brings to the table.
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8:39PM on 05/26/2013
Fast & Furious = Twilight for guys. Sad days to be a movie fan.
Fast & Furious = Twilight for guys. Sad days to be a movie fan.
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8:41PM on 05/26/2013
Yes, because Twilight and Fast and Furious have SO much in common. Like..uhh..they're both movies?
Yes, because Twilight and Fast and Furious have SO much in common. Like..uhh..they're both movies?
8:53PM on 05/26/2013
NO FUN ALLOWED
NO FUN ALLOWED
9:08PM on 05/26/2013
They do have a lot in common. They are both dumb & derivative. They each target a gender in the teen community with thoughtless fluff. Girls want hugs, kisses, & true love, and Twilight gives that to them in the shallowest & most simple minded way possible. Guys want guns, cars, & explosions, and Fast & Furious gives them that in the shallowest & most simple minded way possible. They are simply two sides of the same coin.
They do have a lot in common. They are both dumb & derivative. They each target a gender in the teen community with thoughtless fluff. Girls want hugs, kisses, & true love, and Twilight gives that to them in the shallowest & most simple minded way possible. Guys want guns, cars, & explosions, and Fast & Furious gives them that in the shallowest & most simple minded way possible. They are simply two sides of the same coin.
9:34PM on 05/26/2013
I've always thought that Transformers (the Michael Bay movies, that is) is Twilight for guys. Sam Witwicky = Bella Swan. While Bella is the average girl who becomes embroiled in a supernatural romantic love triangle, Sam is the average guy who finds out the fate of the world rests on his shoulders, rubs said shoulders with tough military guys, gets an alien robot car as a best friend and goes from Megan Fox to Rosie Huntington-Whitely. It's spear counterpart wish fulfilment at its finest.
I've always thought that Transformers (the Michael Bay movies, that is) is Twilight for guys. Sam Witwicky = Bella Swan. While Bella is the average girl who becomes embroiled in a supernatural romantic love triangle, Sam is the average guy who finds out the fate of the world rests on his shoulders, rubs said shoulders with tough military guys, gets an alien robot car as a best friend and goes from Megan Fox to Rosie Huntington-Whitely. It's spear counterpart wish fulfilment at its finest.
10:40PM on 05/26/2013
i hate movie snobs like you.
i hate movie snobs like you.
10:42PM on 05/26/2013
I agree! But I do know alot of women who are into F&F
I agree! But I do know alot of women who are into F&F
10:55PM on 05/26/2013
@Jedd the Jedi
I agree, Transformers certainly falls into the same category as Twilight and Fast & Furious. Except that Transformers is aimed at a much younger audience than Twilight or Fast & Furious.

@locREDUX
If you tell a teenage girl that Twilight sucks, she would call you a movie snob as well. Some people don't like to hear truth. Some guys like to believe that their derivative trashy film is better than the girl's derivative trashy film. It's that "girl's are yucky" mentality.
@Jedd the Jedi
I agree, Transformers certainly falls into the same category as Twilight and Fast & Furious. Except that Transformers is aimed at a much younger audience than Twilight or Fast & Furious.

@locREDUX
If you tell a teenage girl that Twilight sucks, she would call you a movie snob as well. Some people don't like to hear truth. Some guys like to believe that their derivative trashy film is better than the girl's derivative trashy film. It's that "girl's are yucky" mentality.
11:04PM on 05/26/2013
NO doubt you were the first in line to watch both Twilight & fast & furious. Gotta love these trolls
NO doubt you were the first in line to watch both Twilight & fast & furious. Gotta love these trolls
11:43PM on 05/26/2013
Stereo typing isn't nice.
Stereo typing isn't nice.
1:04AM on 05/27/2013
You're totally right. Twilight is exactly like Fast & Furious 6. Now that I think about it, Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3 are exactly like Fast & Furious 6! The comparisons are there! All three films have leads who are a bit unlikable but have a heart of gold, there's women in the movies, they're aimed at teenagers and theres action! Of course! It all make sense now!
You're totally right. Twilight is exactly like Fast & Furious 6. Now that I think about it, Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3 are exactly like Fast & Furious 6! The comparisons are there! All three films have leads who are a bit unlikable but have a heart of gold, there's women in the movies, they're aimed at teenagers and theres action! Of course! It all make sense now!
1:30AM on 05/27/2013
"Stereo typing isn't nice."

I can type "stereo" if I want to. Stereo. Stereo. Stereo. What's the problem?
"Stereo typing isn't nice."

I can type "stereo" if I want to. Stereo. Stereo. Stereo. What's the problem?
2:25AM on 05/27/2013
@XFrog "some people don't like to hear the truth"? Are you asserting that your OPINION that Fast and Furious is cinematic fluff devoid of value as truth? Opinions are rooted in taste, and taste is subjective, meaning that there is no truth. Maybe F&F isn't for you, and that's fine. But don't think that you're somehow entitled to set the bar for what qualifies as good cinema for EVERYBODY and pass judgment on those who don't share the same opinion as you. That doesn't make you a cinemaphile. It
@XFrog "some people don't like to hear the truth"? Are you asserting that your OPINION that Fast and Furious is cinematic fluff devoid of value as truth? Opinions are rooted in taste, and taste is subjective, meaning that there is no truth. Maybe F&F isn't for you, and that's fine. But don't think that you're somehow entitled to set the bar for what qualifies as good cinema for EVERYBODY and pass judgment on those who don't share the same opinion as you. That doesn't make you a cinemaphile. It makes you an asshole.
6:14AM on 05/27/2013
You are aware girls watch and enjoy F&F as well aren't you? Or have you not looked at the demographic?
You are aware girls watch and enjoy F&F as well aren't you? Or have you not looked at the demographic?
6:45AM on 05/27/2013
@CMontyLoveMovies
The users of this site fall into the Fast & Furious demographic. I expect them to react the same way a teen girl would when someone tells her that Twilight sucks. None of these responses are surprising.


@topbananadan
And a lot of guys like Twilight, and a lot of adults like Transformers. What's your point?
@CMontyLoveMovies
The users of this site fall into the Fast & Furious demographic. I expect them to react the same way a teen girl would when someone tells her that Twilight sucks. None of these responses are surprising.


@topbananadan
And a lot of guys like Twilight, and a lot of adults like Transformers. What's your point?
8:01AM on 05/27/2013
XFrog. i think if you polled the users of this site you would find most of us arent "teenage boys", nor are we this lowest common denominator you think FF is aimed at. most of the comments here lead me to believe these folks are diverse and have very deep tastes. but sometimes people really like to see shit blow up. that differs from a 12 yr old girl who thinks Team Edward is the pinnacle of moviedom. WE know FF isnt high art. we just like to let go sometime. loosen your sphincter
XFrog. i think if you polled the users of this site you would find most of us arent "teenage boys", nor are we this lowest common denominator you think FF is aimed at. most of the comments here lead me to believe these folks are diverse and have very deep tastes. but sometimes people really like to see shit blow up. that differs from a 12 yr old girl who thinks Team Edward is the pinnacle of moviedom. WE know FF isnt high art. we just like to let go sometime. loosen your sphincter
12:50PM on 05/27/2013
My point is you just answered your own comment twilight isn't just for girls and F&F isn't just for men so don't be a hypocritical movie snob
My point is you just answered your own comment twilight isn't just for girls and F&F isn't just for men so don't be a hypocritical movie snob
1:19PM on 05/27/2013
@topbananadan

Do you not understand how a core demographic audience works? Of course not.

Sesame Street is made for toddlers, but some adults enjoy it to. Still, its made for the toddlers.
@topbananadan

Do you not understand how a core demographic audience works? Of course not.

Sesame Street is made for toddlers, but some adults enjoy it to. Still, its made for the toddlers.
2:39PM on 05/27/2013
Fair enough but in reference to the original statement you made F&F is not made just for men

I admit the expendables is the male equivalent of sex and the city
Fair enough but in reference to the original statement you made F&F is not made just for men

I admit the expendables is the male equivalent of sex and the city
7:53PM on 05/27/2013
@x-frog

couldn't agree more with ya man, Vin Diesel has about the same acting chops as Kristen Stewart in Twilight(the two have about the same amount of facial expressions). But you're facing a losing battle here. Apparently a lot of the schmoes have decided that FF6 is apparently a great movie (saw it, popcorn movie at best, on same levels of entertainment as GI Joe and transformers movies, nothing more than another action flick you can turn your brain off to)

Just let the haters be
@x-frog

couldn't agree more with ya man, Vin Diesel has about the same acting chops as Kristen Stewart in Twilight(the two have about the same amount of facial expressions). But you're facing a losing battle here. Apparently a lot of the schmoes have decided that FF6 is apparently a great movie (saw it, popcorn movie at best, on same levels of entertainment as GI Joe and transformers movies, nothing more than another action flick you can turn your brain off to)

Just let the haters be haters and let them post up with stupid excuses (you're a troll, or you take movies too seriously) if you don't like a certain movie.
8:27PM on 05/26/2013
I think Hangover 3 just had a few things going against it. 1. The 2nd one was basically the 1st one with minor differences, which may have hurt this one. 2. Went up against Fast 6, Iron Man 3, Star Trek & Gatsby.
I think Hangover 3 just had a few things going against it. 1. The 2nd one was basically the 1st one with minor differences, which may have hurt this one. 2. Went up against Fast 6, Iron Man 3, Star Trek & Gatsby.
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7:38PM on 05/26/2013
Bring on Fast 7 ASAP!
Bring on Fast 7 ASAP!
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5:30PM on 05/26/2013
Furious 6 was a blast
Furious 6 was a blast
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5:04PM on 05/26/2013
I know Fast & Furious 6 got good reviews and Hangover Part III didn't but I had a blast with both of them. Fast and Furious 6 was a lot of fun and Hangover Part III was very funny. Both well deserved the first two spots.
I know Fast & Furious 6 got good reviews and Hangover Part III didn't but I had a blast with both of them. Fast and Furious 6 was a lot of fun and Hangover Part III was very funny. Both well deserved the first two spots.
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3:23PM on 05/26/2013

I am happy "Mud" is doing well

I will not be surprised if not only one but both of those child actors in that movie get awards recognition. Matt was good but they were both exceptional.
I will not be surprised if not only one but both of those child actors in that movie get awards recognition. Matt was good but they were both exceptional.
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3:19PM on 05/26/2013
Saw Hangover 3, The Iceman, and Fast and Furious 6 this weekend.

Hangover 3 I thought was hilarious and was a good way to end the trilogy on a high note. It was a improvement over Part 2, but the original still remains the best one.

The Iceman was a really good little film. Michael Shannon totally owned in the role and I hope he gets Oscar recognition when it comes time for nominations. The guy has very quickly become one of my favorite actors as of late. Chris Evans totally held his
Saw Hangover 3, The Iceman, and Fast and Furious 6 this weekend.

Hangover 3 I thought was hilarious and was a good way to end the trilogy on a high note. It was a improvement over Part 2, but the original still remains the best one.

The Iceman was a really good little film. Michael Shannon totally owned in the role and I hope he gets Oscar recognition when it comes time for nominations. The guy has very quickly become one of my favorite actors as of late. Chris Evans totally held his own too alongside Shannon which is no easy defeat.

Fast and the Furious 6 was a blast and my favorite of the series. It had a good story, a great villain, cool stunts, and some great action sequences. Justin Lin and co. really brought their A-games to this film and it shows. The post credits scene sets up the last film perfectly and I can't wait to see Diesel, Johnson, and Walker and co all go up against him.

All I gotta say is that it was a fun weekend at the movies. Hoping to check out Now You See Me this week.
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3:16PM on 05/26/2013
It's amazing that the F&F series is in its 6th entry, and is still has yet to reach its peak. Furious 6 was yet another great action thrill-ride. It just took what made Fast Five so successful, and gave us more of that. More OTT car action, more fistfights, more of The Rock, better villains, etc.! I'm really bummed about Lin leaving Fast and Furious. It's clear that he was the main driving force (no pun intended) for turning the Fast and the Furious into the mega-franchise it is today. It would
It's amazing that the F&F series is in its 6th entry, and is still has yet to reach its peak. Furious 6 was yet another great action thrill-ride. It just took what made Fast Five so successful, and gave us more of that. More OTT car action, more fistfights, more of The Rock, better villains, etc.! I'm really bummed about Lin leaving Fast and Furious. It's clear that he was the main driving force (no pun intended) for turning the Fast and the Furious into the mega-franchise it is today. It would have been nice for Universal to give him the time and space to craft FF7, which I'm already anxious to see thanks to that ending.
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11:44PM on 05/26/2013
I think I am going to have to check it due to your review.
I think I am going to have to check it due to your review.
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