'Fast & Furious 6' races to biggest opening for Universal Pics

LOS ANGELES Mon May 27, 2013 4:38pm EDT

Cast member Elsa Pataky poses at the premiere of the new film, ''Fast & Furious 6'' at Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Cast member Elsa Pataky poses at the premiere of the new film, ''Fast & Furious 6'' at Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles May 21, 2013.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The action-packed sixth installment of the "Fast & Furious" film franchise claimed victory at the North American box office for the three-day U.S. Memorial Day weekend on Monday, and became the biggest opening film in Universal Pictures' history.

"Fast & Furious 6," starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, grossed an estimated $120 million from Friday till Monday, making it the second-biggest film opening of the year behind Disney's "Iron Man 3's" $175.3 million earlier this month.

The film also rang up an estimated $300 million at the global box office.

Universal Pictures said "Fast & Furious 6" bested its predecessor in the series, "Fast Five," which previously held the title of best opening for the studio with $83.6 million at domestic theaters.

"Fast & Furious 6" also raced ahead of raunchy comedy "The Hangover Part III," the third and final installment of the comedy about four men trying to piece together the events of a wild night.

"Hangover," starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms as friends unwittingly drawn back to Las Vegas, made an estimated $51.2 million at the U.S. and Canada box office over the long weekend, keeping in line with studio projections.

The film also opened in its first three international markets over the weekend - United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand - grossing $19 million, bringing the total in the markets where it is showing to an estimated $70.2 million.

"Some might argue that we should have stopped at one, but we loved doing these movies and the audience has been there" for them, Todd Philips, the director of the "Hangover" franchise, told Reuters ahead of the film's release.

"The word 'hangover' ... is something that people share around the world. There are some comedies that are uniquely American, but hangovers exist for the world," he added.

Sci-fi action adventure sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness," playing in 3D and Imax theaters, came in at No. 3 at the domestic box office with $47 million from Friday to Monday, bringing its cumulative total to $155.8 million since opening on May 17.

Animated family film "Epic," about a secret world in which nature's inhabitants come together to fight evil forces, opened on Friday and has grossed an estimated $42.6 million domestically over the Memorial Day weekend.

Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp, released "Fast & Furious 6," Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros Studios distributed "The Hangover Part III," and "Star Trek Into Darkness" was released by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc.

"Epic" was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp.

(Editing by Philip Barbara)

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cutter77 wrote:
LOL!!! How about the Fast and Furious ops from our own ATF where we gave thousand of assault rifles to Mexican drug cartels. While POTUS parties away, the media hides his massive Chicago mob corruption. While he centralizes government power for special interests (Federal Reserve – Goldman Sachs and Monsanto), the media STILL sells him as a caring soul that works for the common man. Amazing!!!! Does this not sound like “Socialist” N@zi Germany in the 1930s? The leader of the German “Socialist” Party (also known as Hitler) pushed citizens and government to spy on each other(like Big Sis), claimed there were conspiracies against the government (right wingers), used false flags (Fast&Furious), used race and class warfare to get elected and divide the people (liberals claim the Tea Party is racist and rich people are evil), demanded that citizens accept searches without a warrant (NDAA), administered centralized economic planning managed by a corrupt central bank (Fed Reserve), forced government controlled healthcare (Obamacare), death panels(Obamacare), healthcare focused on the most productive citizens (as stated by Rahm Emanuel’s brother), mass abortion on minorities (Planned Parenthood) and obviously mass Gun Control. In reality, Gun violence is down 40% from the mid 90s, yet they create hysteria by lying through their teeth. Notice that the DHS has purchased over 2 Billion rounds in the past two years. All the while Obama signs unconstitutional executive orders to limit ammo for the public. These are tyrannical operations. This administration took the worst of Bush (Crushing debt, war, police state policies and constitutional destruction) and accelerated the agenda. Our leaders continue to use our soldiers to fight wars for banks and contractors. Why? Because you people keep electing them. Both parties are two heads on the same monster. Why do you think the Republicans robbed Ron Paul? He wanted to audit their, the IRS and Obama’s overlords at the corrupt and privately owned Federal Reserve. Research! Our treasury was privatized in 1913 with the creation of the banker designed and owned Fed. An honest, yet simple audit or a vote by congress to repeal the Federal Reserve act of 1913 could save our Nation and the American Tax Payer A LOT of Money! The US Treasury Department was privatized in 1913. Why should we pay interest to a “corporation” with a misleading name?

May 27, 2013 6:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dumb plot for a movie.

I thought it would be about Eric Holder and the BATF giving guns to Mexican drug cartels in order to frame law-abiding U.S. citizens.

May 27, 2013 9:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
IrvingC wrote:
Undoubtedly created by Hollywood to create amnesia about the real Fast and Furious scandal.

May 27, 2013 9:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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