Fast & Furious 6 didn't leave any doubt at the French box office, opening with a big $11.3 million weekend -miles ahead of the other films in the market. The latest Fast & Furious sequel played in 624 screens for a $18,192 average, an important number compared to the 629 screens from Epic's opening weekend. Epic had a $3.4 million debut and $5,471 average. The Great Gatsby made strides towards a $10 million French cume, falling just short of the mark over the weekend after taking in $2.4 million in a market-leading 660 screens. Expect Gatsby to see a steep drop next weekend after a likely decrease in its screen count. Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film was booed at its Cannes premiere, but French audiences were more forgiving with Only God Forgives. The Ryan Gosling vehicle grossed $1.7 million in fourth place, a great number for a specialty feature in a packed summer market. Iron Man 3 saw its weekend gross dip below $1 million for the first time during its fifth week. The superhero movie has grossed $37.9 million and will hope to have enough left in the tank to come out of France with a $40 million cume.
Box Office Results for France. May 24-26, 2013.
An $8.6 million opening weekend was more than enough for The Hangover Part III to take the top spot in Australia. Fast & Furious 6 hasn't been released in Australia, a factor that helped the comedy lead the box office with a $17,375 per-screen average across a market-leading 496 screens. The Australian gross will come as great news for the film's producers, left wondering what parts of the formula failed in the North American box office this time around. Star Trek Into Darkness continued its strong run at the box office, reaching a $12.5 million cume in its third week after a $1.7 million weekend. Iron Man 3 had another positive weekend in its fifth week, adding $1.1 million over the weekend to reach a $37.6 million cume.
Box Office Results for Australia. May 24-26, 2013
The Hangover Part III led the box office in a busy holiday weekend, grossing $9 million in its debut across 474 screens. Epic placed third with a $4.8 million weekend in 532 screens. Fast & Furious 6 had a great hold-over performance, grossing $5.3 million in second place despite falling 60% from its opening weekend. Fast 6 has now grossed $24.2 million in the United Kingdom. The Great Gatsby added another $2.9 million over the weekend, seeing its total go to $12.7 million after two weeks in release. Star Trek Into Darkness continued performing strongly as well, coming in fifth place with $2.9 million and a $29.6 million cume. Iron Man 3 fell 57% in its fifth week, grossing under $1 million for the first weekend since its premiere. The superhero film has grossed a fantastic $54 million in the United Kingdom. The end of the club soccer season after last weekend's Champions League final, played in London, should clear up more space for movie-goers in the U.K. over the coming months.
Box Office Results for the United Kingdom. May 24-26, 2013.
Fast & Furious 6 had one of the best opening weekends of the year in Mexico, grossing a whopping $12.6 million. It was an overwhelming impact at the box office, with only one other film, Epic, breaking the $1 million mark. Epic raised its total gross to $6.4 in Mexico. The Fast & Furious sequel gave a knock-out blow to the momentum that Iron Man 3 carried from last month. The superhero film grossed under $1 million for the first time since its release in Mexico five weeks ago, reaching a $47.4 million cume. Star Trek Into Darkness also saw itself adversely affected by the success of Fast 6, falling 72% to fifth place in its third weekend for a $6.2 million cume.
Box Office Results for Mexico. May 24-26, 2013
Last weekend's record Memorial Day business helped send May 2013 past the finish line for the box office's best month of May ever. Through Monday, May 27, North American grosses for the month have tallied an estimated $1.045 billion. That's enough to top May 2011's previous record of $1.037 billion.
Blockbuster hits like Iron Man 3 and Fast & Furious 6 have driven the market in summer's first month, along with Star Trek Into Darkness benefiting from strong word of mouth after its underwhelming opening. The Great Gatsby and Epic also broke out past industry expectations.
The final day of the month lands on Friday this week, through which point BoxOffice projects a final monthly tally of more than $1.1 billion. Check back later this week for our detailed analysis on this record-breaking month.