Fast & Furious 6 grabs a huge opening weekend, whilst The Hangover Part III falls way short of the last one…
If you were in any doubt as to why Universal wanted to speed forward with Fast & Furious 7, then let said doubt be firmly eradicated. The studio is getting its seventh instalment in just over a year, at the cost of its director, and the reason is that it’s become Universal’s biggest active franchise. By some distance.
The past four-day Memorial weekend in the US saw the latest film in the series, Fast & Furious 6, bring in a staggering $120m. Add in the near $200m in business it’s already done outside of the US, and the film has over $300m in the bank already. Fast Five’s eventual worldwide take was $626m. Fast & Furious 6 will clearly beat that.
The biggest box office surprise of the weekend, though, was arguably how much wind had fallen out of The Hangover franchise. The Hangover Part III has done hardly shabby numbers, but its $63m weekend gross is less than half what the previous film did in the same time frame. The film is likely to wind up with the lowest take of the series to date, potentially by some distance. It will still clear a profit, though. It just might have made a bit more had it had any jokes in it.
Elsewhere? Iron Man 3 is now the fifth biggest film of all time, having banked $1.14bn worldwide. Star Trek Into Darkness has crossed $250m worldwide, whilst Epic has got off to a good start, with $42m in the bank in the US after its opening weekend. Next into the summer blockbuster battleground? In the US, that’d be M Night Shyamalan’s After Earth.