Over in the US of A, it was Memorial Day Weekend, meaning that it was a perfect time to debut new movies. A sixth Fast and Furious flick, a third Hangover and an all new animated adventure were the order of the day, but when it comes to drawing in audiences, nothing says box office success like sexy fast cars and the Rock.
Proving that fast cars and alcohol always make for a deadly combination at the box office, the latest Fast and Furious and Hangover films put in a decent dent over the Memorial Day weekend, with Vin Diesel and friends racing away with a haul of close to a $100 million. That’s a big improvement over the fifth Fast and Furious film which pulled in over $86 million in its opening weekend back in 2011, and even better than the fourth film which drew $70.9 million in ticket sales in 2009.
The third Hangover also did some great business, and while it may not have Fast and Furious numbers with which to boast, this film will most likely hover around the top ten much longer than that particular franchise, and chalk up some decent returns in the process. Compared to previous outings, Hangover 3 took in over $42 million, considerably less than the $85 million opening of the first sequel, and below the first weekend tally of the original film which debuted with a $45 million splash in 2009. For everyone else, here’s a look at who made what in the North Americas this past weekend:
- Fast and Furious 6 – $98.5 Million
- The Hangover Part III – $42.4 Million
- Star Trek Into Darkness – $38 Million
- Epic – $34.2 Million
- Iron Man 3 – $19.4 Million
- The Great Gatsby – $13.7 Million
- Mud – $1.9 Million
- 42 – $1.24 Million
- The Croods – $1.21 Million
- Oblivion – $815 000
Star Trek Into Darkness managed to hold onto third place this weekend, and now sits with a worldwide tally of over $248 million, despite it not having opened up in several other key territories yet. Iron Man 3 has begun to slip, finding itself in fifth place now, but that film has nothing to worry about. After 4 weeks of action, it now has a total gross of over $1.1 billion, making it the fifth largest grossing film of all time currently. While older audiences were enjoying drunken shenanigans and go-faster stripes, kids also had a film of their own which had been highly marketed, in the form of Epic.
The tale of slugs and tiny humans locked in a battle with decay took in some decent numbers, with a North American domestic gross of over $34 million, while on the worldwide scale, that number sits at$77.1 million currently.
Last Updated: May 27, 2013