- Four-day holiday racked up the largest-ever Memorial Day weekend at the box office
- "Fast & Furious 6" earned an estimated more than $120 million
- "The Hangover Part III" came in second place with $51.2 million
Here's what the Memorial Day weekend taught us: America really likes the "Fast & Furious" franchise, but America loves movies.
The four-day holiday racked up $314 million in receipts, the largest-ever Memorial Day weekend at the box office. As for "Fast 6," it's hard to talk about the successful opening without resorting to cliché. Despite hitting theaters in a crowded May marketplace, the Universal film earned an estimated $120,019,000, the fourth-highest Memorial Day opening in history, for a per-theater average of $33,400. That's the second-biggest opening this year, behind Iron Man 3, and a sizable leap from the trajectory of the previous two Fasts (and most predictions).
The franchise's appeal seems to be growing in reverse (we wrote a cover story on it!), getting bigger with each film. The newest installment earned an "A" CinemaScore ("A+" from audiences under 25) with an almost even split between men and women (51/49 percent). Conventionally, that would indicate that "Fast 6" will hold up better than the typical tent pole — however, Fast Five also earned an "A" and good reviews while still dropping more than 60 percent in its second weekend. That said, it still wouldn't affect the success of the latest film so far: Fast & Furious 6 has grossed $317 million globally against a $160 million budget. And in case you haven't heard: "Fast 7"