Magazine article Screen International

Fast 6 Takes US Pole on $99M

Magazine article Screen International

Fast 6 Takes US Pole on $99M

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The sixth entry in Universal's beloved franchise, reinvigorated by the stunning global success of its 2011 predecessor, roared to the top of the North American charts on a series-best $98.5m opening weekend. This was also the biggest Memorial Day weekend and holiday weekend in history.

Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson were on unstoppable form as they returned to action. The North American haul combined with the $177m international score for a $275.5m worldwide tally after two weekends.

Director Justin Lin has shot four episodes and makes his final contribution to the franchise. Lin could not have asked for a better start to his swansong as he makes way for James Wan to direct the seventh episode. This was the best launch for a Fast film, beating the $86.2m high-water mark set by Fast Five in April 2011.

Fast & Furious 6 powered a mighty session in which the top 12 surged 70% against last weekend and gained approximately 43% against the equivalent three-day portion of the Memorial Day weekend in 2012.

Back to the present, where Fast & Furious 6's runaway debut left the competition in the dust as Warner Bros' series finale The Hangover Part III trailed far behind in second place on $54.2m following the latter's Thursday debut.

The Hangover Part III reunites the Wolf Pack members Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis and earned dire reviews. It opened well below the second instalment's $85.9m in May 2011.

Star Trek Into Darkness slipped to number three to reach $146.8m through Paramount after two weekends. …

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