One of the great things about the summer and holiday weekends like Memorial Day Weekend is that Hollywood roles out a whole bunch of awesome movies. Rather than having to pick and choose or worse--take a gamble on whether a movie is going to be worth the price of admission--we have plenty of options to choose from.
Memorial Day Weekend saw a few movies debut, but the two most anticipated were the latest in the 'Fast' series, Fast and Furious 6, and the final Hangover movie, The Hangover Part III. As of Sunday night it is pretty clear which of the flicks fans wanted to see more...
Fast and Furious 6 with $122 million over its first four days ($98.5 for the weekend)!
Shocker right? The Fast series is a rarity in Hollywood; one in which the movies actually seem to get better as the series progresses.It certainly helps that they have managed to bring in some pretty big names and keep them around like The Rock and Vin Diesel.
It definitely helps when you hold onto the main characters throughout the series as well. Should Paul Walker or Tyrese Gibson have dropped out it certainly would not have been the same.
If you saw the movie then you know that the franchise has succeeded in bringing in another big name for Fast 7. If you haven't seen it and want to know who it is follow this link.
The Hangover III was in a distant second with $63 million over its first four days ($42.4 for the weekend).
To be honest, I never thought the Fast franchise would make a second movie let alone six with plans for a seventh. I thought the first flick was one of the worst movies I ever saw. Yeah, the cars were cool and the race sequences nice, but there was little resembling a plot and the dialogue was laughable.
But then the second one they appeared to find better writers and then have managed to hold onto them (or find better ones) ever since.
As for Hangover III, the first was awesome, but the second not so much. It was your typical Hollywood sequel--good, but a shadow of the original. However, I think the third looks pretty good.
Heck--it features that Hanson song which is also the inspiration for my new favorite beer--Hanson's Mmmhops Pale Ale (it's true). So it must be good!
I think it helps when a series is being wrapped up. Nothing needs to be left open for another movie so jokes and gags--not to mention plot points--can be final (and usually funnier).
Here's the top ten from the Box Office over the three-day weekend:
1. Fast & Furious 6 $98.5M
2. The Hangover Part III $42.4M
3. Star Trek Into Darkness $38.0M
4. Epic $34.2M
5. Iron Man 3 $19.4M
6. The Great Gatsby $13.7M
7. Mud $1.9M
8. 42 $1.2M
9. The Croods $1.2M
10. Oblivion $815.0K