(All figures given in this article are based on the actual box office totals reported by Box Office Mojo on May 28, 2013, and represent the four-day totals rather than typical three day totals)
It looks like six times may be the charm for Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.
Fast & Furious 6 finished in the top spot this Memorial Day weekend with a fantastic $117.04 million intake. This is a huge step forward from Fast Five’s four-day total of $92.4 million, and proves the franchise has some real staying power — which is fortunate, seeing that Universal Pictures started planning a seventh installment before the sixth film reached theaters last Friday.
While the massive opening grosses are impressive, one thing that’s interesting to note is that, out of all the new releases and holdovers from earlier in the month, Furious 6 was the only film to decrease between Friday and Saturday, indicating the film may be more front-loaded. This actually makes sense, though, seeing that not only did Fast Five decrease from Friday to Saturday, but took a 62.4 percent decrease the very next weekend. To put this into perspective, Iron Man 3 only took a 58.4 percent decline in its second week, while Star Trek Into Darkness dropped a comparatively meager 32.7 percent in its second week — and that’s including the massive competition from this month.
Though it’s not certain Furious 6 will make a similar decline, the numbers don’t lie. In 2011, Fast Five made a 13 percent decline between Friday and Saturday, while Furious 6 dropped 18.2 percent between Friday and Saturday this weekend, so a decline of at least 60 percent is likely next weekend, especially with After Earth, featuring father-son team Will and Jaden Smith, coming out this Friday.
The Hangover Part III, however, was not so fortunate, coming in second place with $50.3 million, bringing its five-day total (because it opened on May 23) to $62.1 million. While it’s a decent opening for a comedy, it’s quite a disappointment for the franchise, grossing less in the first four days than the first Hangover ($52.6 million in its first four days).
Perhaps Part III suffered from the poor reputation of The Hangover Part II, which, despite grossing more in its opening weekend, was plagued by mediocre reviews and even worse audience word of mouth (probably because it felt too close to the first film), and the reviews for Part III are absolutely dismal. It’s likely the film will still perform fairly strong, and could earn somewhere between $150-200 million — lower than Part II, but still about as strong as last February’s Identity Thief.
Star Trek Into Darkness trekked into third place with $47.2 million, dropping the aforementioned 32.7 percent in its second week and bringing its 12-day total to $156.01 million. This is now tracking slightly higher than 2009’s Star Trek by less than $480,000, and it’s likely Darkness will at least match J.J. Abrams’ reboot’s final tally of $257.7 million.
In fourth place, Blue Sky Studios’ Epic did not live up to its name, tallying $42.8 million this weekend. This is lower than Blue Sky’s Ice Age: Continental Drift ($51.8 million), though it is higher than their last original premised movie Rio ($42.5 million). If Epic follows Rio’s pattern, it could earn close to at least $130 million.
Rounding out the Top Five is Marvel’s Iron Man 3 earned a very respectable $24.7 million in its fourth weekend. It may not seem like much, but, considering Iron Man 2 earned $16.5 million in its fourth weekend, and the film has already earned a very impressive $372.8 million, and will almost assuredly earn over $400 million by the end of its run.
Over the weekend, Iron Man 3 tallied a worldwide gross of $1.148 billion, making it the fifth-highest-grossing film of all time, out-grossing Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and could possibly out-gross Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.342 billion) by the end of its run.