May 24, 2013

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BOXOFFICE: “Fast & Furious 6” Debuts With Speed


FAST & FURIOUS 6 (Universal) is off to a quick start with $6.5M from Thursday night shows, considerably above the $3.8M that Fast Five made (only in midnight shows) in its Thursday start 2 years ago.  That bodes very well for 6, considering that Fast Five had a huge $86.2M opening over a non-holiday 3-day weekend.  The top 4-day Memorial Day Weekend, incidentally, is $139.8M for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

The Wednesday night/Thursday number for THE HANGOVER PART III (Warners) was adjusted upward a bit to $11.8M, but that’s still terrible compared to the $31.6M earned by its predecessor on the parallel Thursday in 2011.


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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."