'The Hangover Part III' Leads Thursday with a Soft $11.79 Million

on May 24, 2013 by Daniel Garris

In what looks to be its only day at the top of the daily box office, Warner's The Hangover Part III led the way on Thursday with $11.79 million. The opening day figure also included an estimated $3.1 million from late night showings on Wednesday. The Hangover Part III opened 63 percent softer than the $31.61 million Thursday opening day take of The Hangover Part II back in 2011, which obviously makes Thursday's performance a very poor showing. The Hangover Part III performed more along the lines of Star Trek Into Darkness, which generated a Thursday opening of $13.54 million last week. However, The Hangover Part III is likely to be more front-loaded than Star Trek Into Darkness was in its first few days, especially given the competition it will face from Fast & Furious 6.

Speaking of Fast & Furious 6, Universal's highly anticipated action sequel was off to a far more impressive start with an estimated $6.5 million from 10 p.m. and midnight showings. The film's late night grosses will be counted towards Friday's opening day performance. The late night performance of Fast & Furious 6 was 71 percent stronger than the $3.8 million midnight take of 2011's Fast Five and 10 percent stronger than the $5.9 million midnight gross of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. Check back throughout the weekend for further box office updates on Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part III and the rest of the Memorial Day weekend line-up.

Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness fell one spot on Thursday to place in second with an estimated $5.05 million. The second installment of the re-launched sci-fi series was down a reasonable 5 percent from Wednesday and down 63 percent from last Thursday's opening day performance. Star Trek Into Darkness was the week's top film with $95.29 million, but also debuted significantly below expectations in the process. The eight-day total for Star Trek Into Darkness stands at $108.83 million. That places Star Trek Into Darkness 6.5 percent behind the $116.37 million eight-day take of 2009's Star Trek, 34 percent behind the $163.87 million eight-day start of 2003's The Matrix Reloaded and 46 percent ahead of the $74.52 million eight-day gross of 2009's Terminator Salvation.

Iron Man 3 held steady in third place with $2.21 million. Disney's blockbuster superhero sequel fell a slim 2 percent from Wednesday and 33 percent from last Thursday. Iron Man 3 placed in second for the week with $46.19 million. That was down 48 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a massive $348.08 million.

Warner's The Great Gatsby fell two spots and 7 percent from Wednesday to claim fourth with $2.16 million. In the process, the Baz Luhrmann directed film starring Leonardo DiCaprio surpassed the $100 million domestic milestone on Thursday. The Great Gatsby reached the milestone in 14 days and has now grossed $100.73 million to date. The film claimed third place for the week with $33.98 million, which was down 49 percent from the film's opening week performance.

Tags: The Great Gatsby, Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part III

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