Hollywood is heading for a record-breaking Memorial Day Weekend, led by Universal's "Fast & Furious 6," which took in a massive $38.2 million on Friday (May 24).
The "Fast & Furious 6" totals, which include late Thursday/Friday midnight shows) made a joke out of what was expected to be a relatively competitive weekend.
Instead, per figures courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo, "Fast & Furious 6" basically equally the totals for the next four films combined. While "Fast & Furious 6" won't catch "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," which holds the four-day Memorial Day Weekend record with $139.8 million, it should tuck in behind "Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "X-Men: The Last Stand" in fourth.
Warner Brothers' "The Hangover Part III" appears headed for relative disappointment, taking in $14.53 million dollars on Friday, bringing its total to $26.32 million after a mid-week opening. The comedy sequel won't get anywhere near the $103 million four-day tally for "Park II," which opened over the Memorial Day Weekend in 2011.
"Star Trek Into Darkness" followed with $10.2 million on Friday, with a total domestic gross of $119 million to date. Fox's "Epic" was third with $9.35 million, but should pull closer to "Star Trek" as the weekend progresses. Coming in fifth was "Iron Man 3," which added a $5.11 million Friday gross to a domestic tally that is already over $353 million.
"The Great Gatsby," which passed $100 million domestic earlier in the week, finished sixth with $3.96 million on Friday.
In limited release, meanwhile, "Before Midnight" took in $71,000 in only five theaters on Friday, giving it a better per-screen average than even "Fast & Furious 6," not that such comparisons are worthwhile. The Richard Linklater film is still off to a terrific start.
Stay tuned for more box office results as the weekend progresses...
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.