‘Fast & Furious 6’ On Pace to Win Memorial Day Weekend Box Office With $122M… and Counting

By: Peggy Truong / May 26, 2013

Cars were huge this weekend. In addition to the Indy 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix, Vin Diesel and the Fast & Furious 6 crew fired up their engines at the box office.

The action film — the last of the franchise under Justin Lin’s direction — is expected to take in $122 million by the end of Memorial Day Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (A seventh Fast & Furious movie will be directed by James Wan of the Saw franchise).

Fast & Furious 6 will give Universal Pictures its biggest opening in North America of all time, and, along with fellow newbies The Hangover Part III and the animated flick Epic, the biggest Memorial Day weekend in box office history with a total of $322 million.

The third Hangover film, reuniting the likes of Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and all the good things in Las Vegas, is projected to finish the holiday weekend in second place with $64 million (far behind Fast 6, despite the Hangover’s early opening on Thursday).

Close behind is J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness — the projected four-day total is around $48 million, as it slowly creeps towards the $200 million mark.

Epic and Iron Man 3 round out the weekend’s top five.