Fast & Furious 6 Wins Box-Office Drag Race
- Fast & Furious 6 brought in an estimated $120 million in North America over the holiday weekend, according to BoxOffice.com.
- The flick grossed $317 million worldwide.
- Universal Pictures is releasing the next Fast film on July 11, 2014.
UNIVERSAL CITY, California — Fast & Furious 6 topped the box office this weekend in what was the biggest Memorial Day holiday ever at the movies. The street-racing flick earned an estimated $120 million in North America over the four-day weekend, according to BoxOffice.com.
Fast & Furious 6, starring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, pulled off the second-biggest opening of the year behind Disney and Marvel's Iron Man 3. It beat out premiere weekends of The Hangover Part III and Epic, and faced no real threat from the second weekend of Star Trek Into Darkness or the third weekend of Iron Man 3.
Fast 6 contained what could only be described as an overdose of adrenaline-pumping action, with the film's climax featuring a WWE-like match with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) squaring off against a pair that had one of its members rivaling them in monstrous size. The tank, pony-car drifting and sexy cast of female characters made it a no-brainer event to attend for the diverse audience over the long weekend.
On the topic of demographics, Fast & Furious 6 attracted an audience that was 32 percent Latino and 49 percent women. Forty-three percent of the viewers were under the age of 25.
According to BoxOffice.com, the street-racing saga pulled in over $197 million outside of North America, bringing the worldwide total up to $317 million. It set opening weekend movie records in the United Arab Emirates, Middle East and Argentina, and its July release in Japan and China should add even more to the already record numbers.
Check out a list of the cars here and get ready for the seventh installment of the franchise on July 11, 2014. The next film will feature the full cast as well as the British action star Jason Statham.
Edmunds says: It's no surprise that Fast & Furious 6 dominated box-office results over the weekend.