Box Office rakes in more than any other Memorial Day thanks to 'Furious 6' and 'The Hangover III'

ken-jeong-hangover-part-3-iii-wb.jpgThanks 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.
Photo/Video credit: Warner Bros.
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