1. Fast & Furious 6 (Universal) UPI $98.5m ($120m) (NE)
2. The Hangover Part III (Warner Bros) WBPI $51.2m ($63m) (NE)
3. Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount) PPI $47m ($155.8m) (1)
4. Epic (Fox) Fox Int’l $42.6m (NE)
5. Iron Man 3 (Buena Vista/Marvel) WDSMPI $24.4m ($372.4m) (2)
Fast & Furious 6 almost doubled The Hangover Part III’s tally over the Memorial weekend as the two franchises came head to head with high profile openings at the North American box office.
Universal’s car action thriller, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson, grossed a spectacular $120m for the franchise’s best ever launch. Justin Lin, who has been in the director’s chair for all of the instalments except the second, will step aside next time around with James Wan taking over.
In contrast, The Hangover Part III, which was on the wrong end of a critical bashing, has earned a disappointing $63m since its Thursday opening. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis all return for what will be the final part of the franchise.
Last weekend’s No 1, Star Trek Into Darkness, grossed a further $47m to take third place ahead of the other wide weekend release, Epic, but its domestic running total of $155.8m is some way below expectations. Chris Wedge’s animated adventure finished the four days on $42.6m in line with predictions.
Fast & Furious’ exploits helped drive the session to a new US holiday weekend high. Its top 12 films grossed an astonishing $310.6m, being a 41% increase on last year’s corresponding period.generic sildalisgeneric sildalis onlinesildalis genericsildalis purchase