Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 26 2013

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May 26 Box Office Fast and Furious 6 Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 26 2013

Two blockbuster franchises “got the band back together,” but only one opened with impressive holiday box office numbers.

In at number 1 is Fast & Furious 6 (read our review) with $98 million. Not only is Fast & Furious 6‘s opening the highest in the franchise, it’s also the highest opening weekend for any Universal Pictures film, surpassing Fast Five‘s $86 million.

While most franchises are tapering off after entries number 4 or 5 (maybe even sooner), Fast and Furious keeps setting new benchmarks. Not only that, but this particular entry – more specifically the film’s mid-credits scene – left us excited to see where the franchise will go next.

The Hangover Part III (read our review) comes in at a surprisingly distant number 2 with $42 million. Speaking of tapering off, Part III‘s opening weekend is the lowest for The Hangover franchise, and is a far cry from Part II‘s $85 million.While Bradley Cooper and Co. hoped to send off The Wolfpack in style, it appears audiences were less interested in a third go-around with these characters.

The Hangover Part III actually opened this past Thursday, and is now up to $54 million in domestic grosses. The film will certainly make back its $103 million budget, but it’s probably a good thing this was the end for the series.

May 26 Box Office The Hangover 3 Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 26 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness comes in at number 3 with $38 million, which brings its totals up to $146 million domestic and $248 million worldwide. Although Into Darkness failed to eclipse its predecessor’s opening weekend tally, it’s still going strong and dropped only 45% from last weekend. That being said, the sequel still has a long way to go if it wants to catch the 2009 Star Trek‘s $257 million domestic tally.

Blue Sky Studios’ Epic (read our review) comes in at number 4 with a very strong $34 million. Although Epic is the lowest opening gross for a Blue Sky (Ice Age, Rio) feature, it performed admirably considering the competition and limited marketing. With a reported budget of $100 million, however, we doubt the film’s opening weekend tally will help Epic become a franchise.

Rounding out the top 5 is Iron Man 3 with $19 million. Marvel’s latest adventure is up to $367 million in domestic grosses and a whopping $1.14 billion worldwide. It’s also now the 5th highest grossing movie of all time behind Harry Potter 7 Part 2 ($1.3 billion), The Avengers ($1.5 billion), Titanic ($2.1 billion), and Avatar ($2.7 billion).

The Great Gatsby comes in at number 6 with $13 million. Baz Luhrmann’s glitzy adaptation has cleared its $105 million budget, and is up to $114 million in domestic grosses.

Several leagues below Gatsby, Mud comes in at number 7 with $1.9 million. The film is now up to $14 million.

Matthew McConaughey in Mud 2013 Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 26 2013

42 is the number 8 film this weekend with $1.24 million. The Jackie Robinson biopic has earned $91 million over seven weeks.

Not far behind 42 is The Croods with $1.21 million, which brings its total up to $179 million.

Oblivion limps in at number 10 with $815,000. $87 million over 6 weeks isn’t bad for star Tom Cruise, but Universal was likely hoping for more considering the film cost $120 million to make. Luckily, foreign markets love Cruise even more than moviegoers here in the states do, helping the film to $266 million gross overall.

Outside the top 10: Before Midnight opened with $274,000 on only 5 screens ($54,800/screen). Richard Linklater’s latest entry in his Before series has been getting mostly positive reviews, and should hit a theater near you in the next few weeks.

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[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. With this being Memorial Day weekend, official weekend box office results as well as 4-day totals will not be released until Tuesday, May 28th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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TAGS: 42, Before Midnight, box office, Epic, fast and furious 6, iron man 3, mud, oblivion, star trek into darkness, the croods, the great gatsby, the hangover 3

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  1. Ah mud the film that deserves a lot of money imo

    • You’re right but It had no marketing.
      Anyway, I really liked the movie. That kid from The Tree Of Life stole the show. The whole cast was fantastic

  2. Saw Gatsby last night, thought it was fantastic with brilliantly constructed 3D. I’m really happy about the success of Furious 6, it’s so much fun. I think James Wan’s got a really tough job. If I were him I would just accept that 5 & 6 was the peak and try to make a smaller, grittier, revenge character development piece. They’d do well to try to build the lore of the Toretto family and then build back up to bigger action. This francise is dangerously close to total self-parody so they should dial it back a little bit IMO of course.

  3. They’d do well to try to build the lore of the Toretto family and then build back up to bigger action.

  4. I didn’t think H3 would do that “bad”.

    It’s funny because people I know still think Fast is a racing movie and when I tell them that it’s more of a heist/action/get the bad guy movie they are surprised. I was in the same boat, only watched Fast 5 because of the Rock, and then it made me watch Fast 4.

    So Fast 7 should be renamed “The Fast and the Hairless”?

  5. Fast & Furious 6 has already passed
    Star Trek Into Darkness worldwide.
    Not what I would have expected.

    • Star Trek has never had a huge international audience.

      • I would have though it would versus
        Fast & Furious 6 but the opposite is true.

        • I’m wondering if “Into Darkness” isn’t getting the repeat viewers like the first one did. My wife and I went back at least once (that I can remember) to see the first, but not this time.

        • The Fast and Furious franchise has one of the most ethnically diverse casts in Hollywood and many of the best car manufacturers are foreign. Those are things that appeal to an international audience, including the crazy action, as opposed to Star Treks, which has reached a larger audience thanks to bigger actions pieces but its still hard to find a worldwide audience with it.

          • The Star Trek cast is pretty ethnically diverse itself and
            that was a defining hallmark of the original series but Star
            Trek movies now are no longer pioneering in that regard and
            as a practical matter Fast & Furious has more diversity appeal.

  6. Fast 6 is a great summer/popcorn flick. Is it a little ridiculous, yes. But it’s a fun movie that seems to know what it is.

    • What you see is what you get and people want what they get.

  7. ‘What Wraab said! I liked it a lot. Didn’t care if it was ridiculous cause it was a lot of fun. Worth the theater ticket.

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