Playing at approximately 3,650 locations and without the benefit of 3D ticket surcharges, Fast & Furious 6 revved up $120 million from Friday through Monday, easily topping the former franchise best of $92.4 million put up by the previous installment Fast Five. An "A" CinemaScore rating helped boost business at the weekend progressed with the Friday through Sunday frame putting up $96.8 million.
The beat goes on for Fast & Furious 6 overseas where it has already earned $197 million, that alone above and beyond the approximate $160 million that Universal spent producing the film. The next installment Fast & Furious 7 is already slated for release next summer, and Amazon.com has begun taking early pre-orders for Fast & Furious 6 on Blu-ray and DVD at a discounted price.
Warner's The Hangover Part III landed in second place with $51.2 million through the four-day holiday weekend. It opened on Thursday so including those dollars takes its gross total to $63 million. That may seem like a lot for a comedy, but the previous installment earned $135 million during the same frame back in 2011.
Star Trek Into Darkness continues to see the light at the box office in adding another $47 million to its coffers. To date the second Trek film from J.J. Abrams has collected $257.9 million worldwide.
Fourth place went to the Fox and Blue Sky Studios animated film Epic with $42.6 million. That's fairly in line with the $39.2 million that Rio earned during its opening weekend in one fewer day.
Iron Man 3 capped the top five with $24.4 million. At $1.15 billion and counting, the Marvel Studios film now also sits in fifth place on the highest earning films of all time list.
Fast & Furious 6 will face competition from After Earth next weekend and could very well end up in first place again.