Faces & Names: ‘Fast & Furious 6’ tops box office on holiday weekendAfter a lackluster start to the year, the movie industry enjoyed its most robust Memorial Day weekend ever at the box office, with “Fast & Furious 6” speeding to the top spot.
By: Associated Press report, Associated Press
After a lackluster start to the year, the movie industry enjoyed its most robust Memorial Day weekend ever at the box office, with “Fast & Furious 6” speeding to the top spot.
The record-breaking four-day weekend generated estimated receipts of $316 million.
“Over $300 million for Memorial Day weekend has never happened before,” said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com. “This proves that when you have a great selection of films, audiences will line up at movie theaters in record numbers.”
The sixth installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise debuted at
No. 1 with $120 million, making it the biggest opening weekend for a Universal Pictures release, according to Hollywood.com.
“The Hangover Part III” opened in second place. The final chapter in the Warner Bros. raunchy comedy trilogy collected $51.2 million.
Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” which opened last week, added $47 million to its domestic ticket sales, landing at No. 3.