Thanks to the highly anticipated sixth installment in Universal’s “Fast and Furious” franchise, 2013 marks the biggest Memorial Day Weekend box office ever. “Furious 6” hauled $120 million over the long weekend since its Thursday night debut. It’s the best opening in the series to date.
Of course, that’s a contrast to “The Hangover III” — the last film in the “Hangover” trilogy, and the weakest-debuting. “The Hangover III” opened 24 hours earlier than “Fast and Furious 6,” but only made $63 million over the long weekend. Though it’s by no means a flop, it’s not exactly the high number that Warner Bros. and Legendary expected.
“We underperformed a bit and I was a bit taken aback, but it is what it is,” Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., told The LA Times. “It doesn’t help to be a Monday morning quarterback. If I had seen research that suggested our film and ‘Fast’ were not neck-in-neck heading into the weekend, I would have fought harder for a different date.” They’re hopeful that the film, which cost the studios $103 million to make, will perform better overseas.