Justin Lin’s Fast and Furious 6 raced to the top of the box office on Friday.
The sixth installment in the increasingly popular franchise certainly didn’t disappoint the boys and girls at Universal. As the holiday weekend gets underway, a lot of people decided to kick things off with a trip to the local cineplex.
According to Deadline, the movie earned an estimated $36 million on Friday. When you factor in the cash it made on Thursday evening and midnight screenings, Fast and Furious 6 has already made around $42.5 million at the box office.
The website also reports that Friday’s opening is the biggest for the series thus far. Given that the film’s CinemaScore is a very health “A,” chances are strong word of mouth and positive reviews will drive moviegoers into theaters on Saturday and Sunday.
The Hollywood Reporter believes that the film could make upwards of $100 million once the holiday weekend is done. This is a little higher than earlier estimates; analysts previously believed its total would land somewhere around $80 million.
Fast and Furious 6 is also doing strong business overseas. The film has amassed around $53.4 million from 34 foreign territories. The film’s success also day Universal its biggest opening in both UK and Ireland.
Unfortunately for Todd Phillips’ The Hangover Part III, business isn’t exactly booming. The second sequel in the franchise made around $15.5 million on Friday. This figure has lowered its estimated haul from $70 million to around $62 million.
Although Warner Bros. had hoped the latest Hangover would fare a little better with critics than the previously installment, it would seem the comedy hasn’t enjoyed the strongest reviews right out of the gate. The film’s Rotten Tomatoes score is a miserable 21 percent.
In addition to Fast and Furious 6 and The Hangover Part III, the animated flick Epic opened this weekend. Box office totals have yet to be released for the family outing. However, the movie is likely to do decent business over the holiday weekend as an age-appropriate alternative to the other big releases.
Did you catch Fast and Furious 6 or The Hangover Part III in theaters on Friday?