Box Office: There Ain’t No Hangover for This Fast and Furious Franchise

Fast and Furious 6 (2013) Movie PosterIn the battle of blockbusters at the box office this weekend, it looks like diesel power has triumphed over Galifianakis power. Or, er, boozing power, I guess? In any case, if you were wondering if audiences would rather laugh at Zach Galifianakis (whose name is apparently so deep in the zeitgeist now that typing “Galifianakis” no longer even earns a squiggly red line) or indulge in more daft car racing sequences, here’s your answer: they would rather see logic-defying car chases/crashes/leaping.

“Fast and Furious 6”, the sixth installment in Universal’s car racing franchise turned caper series, earned $98 million domestically, easily giving it first place over Warner Bros.’s “The Hangover 3”, the final installment in Todd Phillips’ already long-in-the-tooth drinking franchise. The Justin Lin actioner did even better overseas, already grossing $177 million from foreign box office, giving it a studio estimated $275 so far after two weeks of release (though this is the film’s first week Stateside).

“The Hangover 3” opened in second place with $54 million at home and $19 million overseas. While American comedies don’t generally do well overseas (jokes tend to get lost in translation), the film’s first sequel, “The Hangover 2” actually performed much better overseas than at home. Even the first movie proved to be a hit on foreign soil, eventually topping off at $190 (compared to the first sequel, which did really well with $332 million two years ago).

The Hangover 3 (2013) Movie Image

There was a third notable release this week, the CG animated “Epic”, a film that I lost interest in covering after the first trailer hit. It opened in 4th place with a decent $34 million. The star-studded children’s film (featuring the voices of Josh Hutcherson, Beyonce, Colin Farrell, and Amanda Seyfried, among others) was heavily promoted and has already raked in $42 million. $34 million is a bit small for an all-audiences film, though, but we’ll have to see how it holds up in the coming weeks.

Elsewhere, Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight”, the third in his Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawke “walking and talking and romancing” trilogy, opened in 5 screens, but deposited a very muscular $54,800 per screen average, blowing pretty much every film out of the water this week. I wonder if this will convince Sony Pictures Classics to open the film wilder in the coming weeks.

And finally, last week’s holdovers “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Iron Man 3” filled out the Top 5 at the box office, with “Trek” hanging onto the third spot while “Iron Man 3” bottomed out at #5. “Iron Man 3” has already earned $1.142 all-time, which puts it at #5 on the list of all-time box office earners, just behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”, “The Avengers”, and James Cameron’s double whammy of “Titanic” and “Avatar”. J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness”, meanwhile, has sailed through $248 million in worldwide box office after three weeks of release. Not too shabby.

Ethan Hawke and Julie Dephy in Before Midnight (2013) Movie Image

Via : Box Office Mojo