In 2011, theaters scored the biggest Memorial Day weekend of all time with $276m, led by The Hangover Part II. This year, a third Hangover film found its way to the box office on this holiday weekend, but it was Fast & Furious 6 that dominated while smashing the previous record to bits. With $98.5m domestic, the Justin Lin film took the top spot on a four-day weekend that will be north of $300m total. Plus, with a smaller budget at $160m and massive foreign success, Fast 6 ($275m) is already better positioned than Star Trek Into Darkness ($248m worldwide) with one fewer weekend under its belt.
Not to mention it beat Fast Five‘s opening weekend by $12.4m.
This is absolutely incredible. When has a sixth entry into a franchise been this big? James Bond aside, it’s remarkable that a series once headed straight to video was resurrected so thoroughly that it now towers over other summer entries. The shorthand version of all this? Get ready for Fast & Furious 7 in 2014 and then gird your loins for Fast & Furious 8-12 in the years to come. As long as they have The Rock and this, they’ll be able to go bigger and make movie fans leave their homes.