Magazine article Screen International

Fast 6 Rules Int'l on $158M

Magazine article Screen International

Fast 6 Rules Int'l on $158M

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The world belongs to Fast & Furious 6 as the action thriller grossed an estimated $158m from 8,644 venues in 59 territories to deliver Universal's biggest international launch weekend.

Fast Five was the previous holder for Universal on $125m but it was no match for the sixth entry as all-time opening records tumbled in the UAE, Argentina and the Middle East and Universal set new benchmarks in 40 territories.

The lead market was Russia on $18.1m, followed by Germany on $12.9m, Mexico on $12.7m, France on $10.1m, Italy on $9m and Taiwan on $7m. All results are the biggest debut weekends in the franchise to date. The film added $6.2m in the UK following last weekend's record launch to stand at $25.3m.

Such an extraordinary demonstration of the franchise's broad demographic appeal was echoed in the recording-breaking $98.5m North American debut that scored the biggest Memorial Day weekend and indeed biggest holiday weekend launch.

The international running total combined with the previous weekend's limited debut to put the sixth entry in the Fast And Furious franchise on $177m internationally and $275.5m worldwide after two weekends.

Fast And Furious 6 has already passed the international lifetime totals of The Fast And The Furious on $62.9m, The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift on $96m and 2 Fast 2 Furious on $109m.

Fast And Furious 6 grossed more than $2m from 59 international IMAX screens. Still to come are debuts in Trinidad on May 29, Australia and New Zealand on Jun 6, Venezuela on Jun 21, Japan on Jul 6 and China on Jul 20.

Oblivion added $2.3m from 50 territories for $179.5m and arrives in the Tom Cruise stronghold of Japan on May 31. Mama stands at $74.8m and has amassed $1.9m in the first 12 days in France. Hanni And Nanni 3 has grossed $5m from four German-speaking territories.

Warner Bros Pictures International reported that Cannes opener The Great Gatsby brought in a further $24.4m from approximately 7,720 screens in 50 territories to reach $85.6m and an even $200m worldwide.

Russia has generated $11.9m after two weekends, the UK $12.9m, France $10m, Germany $8.2m, Italy $7.1m, South Korea $7m, Spain $3.7m and Holland on $1.7m. Gatsby placed number two in all of these territories except the UK and France where ranks were not provided. The drama arrives in Australia on May 30, Mexico on May 31, Brazil on Jun 7 and Japan on Jun 14.

The Hangover Part III opened at number one in its first three markets over the weekend to generate a formidable $19. …

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