U.S. theater owners should be leaping for joy for Memorial Day weekend brought huge crowds to the movies. “Fast & Furious 6” took first place this holiday weekend earning a whopping $122 million during its first weekend in theaters. “The Hangover Part III,” also new to theaters this weekend, landed in second place with an impressive $51 million. “Star Trek into Darkness” fell from first place to third, earning an additional $48 million for Paramount Pictures. The new animated film “Epic” debuted in fourth place, earning $44 million and “Iron Man 3” earned $24.6 million during its fourth week in theaters.
Next week “After Earth,” starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith, the crime thriller “Now You See Me,” the drama starring Brit Marling “The East” and the comedy “The Kings of Summer” will enter the mix to compete for box office dollars with the current films at your local movie house. It is likely the only “After Earth” will make a big impact on next weekend’s numbers.
Box office statistics from imdb.com
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones and no texting, please don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com
“Fast & Furious 6”
Universal Pictures “Fast & Furious 6” topped the box office this week earning $122 million during its first weekend in release.
In “Fast & Furious 6,” Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson.
“Fast & Furious 6” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language and has a run-time of 2 hours and 10 minutes.
“The Hangover Part III”
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Hangover Part III” debuted at second place at the box office earning $51 million during its first weekend in release.
In “The Hangover Part III,” this time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis.
“The Hangover Part III” is rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, some violence and drug content, and brief graphic nudity and has a run-time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” fell from first to third place at the box office during its second week into theaters. The film earned an additional $48 million and has earned a total of $157 million in domestic receipts.
In “Star Trek Into Darkness,” after the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence and has a run-time of 2 hours and 12 minutes.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation’s animated film “Epic” debuted in fourth place at the box office this Memorial Day weekend. The film earned $44 million dollars in domestic receipts.
In “Epic,” a teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world — and ours. The film stars Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson and Beyoncé Knowles.
“Epic” is rated PG for mild action, some scary images and brief rude language and has a run-time of 1 hour and 42 minutes.
“Iron Man 3”
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Marvel Studio’s “Iron Man 3” came in fifth at the box office this holiday weekend during its fourth week in release. The film earned an additional $24.6 million and has earned a grand total of $373 million dollars in domestic receipts alone.
In “Iron Man 3,” when Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle.
“Iron Man 3” is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content and has a run-time of 2 hours and 10 minutes.
“The Great Gatsby”
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Great Gatsby” took sixth place at the box office this holiday weekend. The film earned an additional $17.2 million during its third week in theaters. It has earned a total of $118 million in domestic receipts.
“The Great Gatsby” is based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and is the story of a Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his mysterious millionaire neighbor. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton and Tobey Maguire.
“The Great Gatsby” is rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language and has a run-time of 2 hours and 22 minutes.
Lionsgate’s “Mud” placed seventh place at the box office during its fifth week in theaters. The film earned an additional $2.5 million over the holiday weekend. “Mud” had earned a total of $15.2 million in domestic receipts.
“Mud” is the story of two teenage boys that encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland.
“Mud” is rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual references, language, thematic elements and smoking and has a run-time of 2 hours and 10 minutes.
DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods” placed eighth at the box office this holiday weekend. This animated film has true staying power as it has remained in in the top ten of films for 10 weeks in a row. The film earned $1.61 million over the three-day weekend and has garnered a total of $180 million.
In “The Croods,” after their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.
“The Croods” is rated PG for some scary action and has a run-time of 1 hour and 38 minutes.
The biopic of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, “42,” took ninth place at the box office this holiday weekend. The film has been a huge success and has remained in the top ten for the last seven weeks. The film earned $1.6 million this last weekend and earned a total of $91.4 million in domestic receipts.
“42” is the life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
“42” is rated PG-13 for thematic elements including language and has a run-time of 2 hours and 8 minutes.
Universal Pictures’ “Oblivion” landed in tenth place at the box office during its sixth week in theaters. The film earned $1.05 million and has grossed $87.5 million in the U.S. and Canada.
In “Oblivion,” a veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. The film stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko.
“Oblivion” is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity and has a run-time of 2 hours and 4 minutes.