Box Office Guru Wrapup: Fast & Furious 6 Stays in the Lead

Now You See Me and After Earth round out the top three.

The action sequel Fast & Furious 6 held onto the top spot at the North American box office despite decelerating sharply and facing off against competition from a pair of new releases. But it was Will Smith who crashed and burned as his big-budget sci-fi action pic After Earth was rejected by paying moviegoers proving that the once-bulletproof star is no longer invincible. In fact, it was beaten out for the number two spot by the magician heist thriller Now You See Me which posted a strong debut beating expectations.

Six movies in and the Fast and Furious franchise finally scored its first hit to top the charts over back-to-back weekends. Vin Diesel's latest action entry tumbled by 65% to an estimated $34.5M in its sophomore frame which was enough to beat all rivals. After ten days, the Universal hit has grossed a stellar $170.4M, up 22% compared to the pace of its 2011 predecessor Fast Five which ranks as the top-grossing installment of the series - for now. That film opened in late April and fell by 62% in its second weekend while the prior chapter, 2009's Fast & Furious, fell by the same rate after its early April launch.

Part 6 should end its domestic run near the $250M mark, a new high for a franchise which has now grossed over $2 billion worldwide across 12 years. And with this new blockbuster, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has now spent a total of 15 consecutive weeks in the top ten dating back to the February 22 release of Snitch followed by G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, and of course Furious.

Fast & Furious 6 pulled in another $75M from international markets this weekend boosting the overseas cume to $310.2M and the global gross to a stellar $480.6M.

Delivering a surprise number two debut was the magician heist thriller Now You See Me with an estimated $28.1M from 2,925 locations for a sturdy $9,590 average. The PG-13 pic starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman played to a broad audience which helped to bring in sales from all sectors, especially those not interested in recycled sequels.

Studio research from Lionsgate showed that females made up 51% of the audience, 52% were under 30, and 52% were non-white. Reviews were mixed but a slick trailer got the crowds in. Now was expected to open closer to the $20M mark and proved that originality can still sell in a brand-dominated summer movie season. The CinemaScore grade was an encouraging A-.

Will Smith suffered the worst summer opening of his career with the big-budget flop After Earth which settled in at number three with an estimated $27M, about half of what the former bulletproof box office star would normally attract for this kind of movie. Panned by critics, and likely setting itself up for multiple Razzies next year, the Sony release averaged $7,939 from 3,401 theaters.

The father-son project starred his son Jaden Smith (who got top billing) and was directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Since hitting it big with The Sixth Sense, the filmmaker has only had one movie open worse - 2006's the Lady in the Water with $18M. With horrible reviews and awful buzz, audiences stayed away from the futuristic action pic. After Earth even fared worse that Smith's Wild Wild West from 1999 which bowed to $27.7M over the three-day portion of a long holiday weekend on its way to $113.8M.

The $130M space ranger pic might top out in the $60-70M domestic range as there are no signs that it will have legs. The B CinemaScore indicates lukewarm word-of-mouth and Shyamalan films routinely collapse in the second weekend. All his films over the past decade had sophomore drops of 59-68%. After Earth's audience was 51% male and 60% over 25. Sony is counting on the effects-heavy pic to score better numbers overseas but there is only so much a weak product can take in.

Enjoying a respectable decline coming off of a holiday session was the animated film Epic which dropped 51% to an estimated $16.4M boosting the total for Fox to $65.2M. Tied with the same amount was Star Trek Into Darkness which fell 56% in its third weekend and raised its cume to a good $181.2M for Paramount.

The comedy sequel The Hangover Part III fell apart again in its third round tumbling 62% to an estimated $15.9M. Warner Bros. has banked $88.1M to date and is running 53% behind the pace of The Hangover Part II from two years ago over the same time period. That film had a similar 64% fall in its sophomore frame which was also coming off of Memorial Day weekend.

2013's biggest smash Iron Man 3 followed with an estimated $8M, off 59%, for a domestic haul of $384.8M. The Disney release has amassed $795.2M overseas pushing the global tally to $1.18 billion. Dropping 54% to an estimated $6.3M was Leonado DiCaprio's The Great Gatsby which has grossed $128.3M to date for Warner Bros.

Indie movies rounded out the top ten. The Bollywood hit Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani opened at number nine with roughly $1.7M from 162 locations for a solid $10,494 average. Matthew McConaughey's hit Mud took in an estimated $1.2M in its sixth weekend, down 37%, lifitng the sum to $16.9M.

Two more specialty releases with fairly good reviews had moderate, but not sensational, debuts in platform release. Fox Searchlight's espionage thriller The East starring Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson bowed to an estimated $76,000 from four houses for a $19,000 average. Meanwhile, CBS Films also went into four theaters in New York and Los Angeles with its coming-of-age comedy The Kings of Summer - an acquisition from Sundance - which took in an estimated $58,000 for a $14,500 average. Both expand next weekend.

Sony Classics expanded the Ethan Hawke-Julie Delpy relationship pic Before Midnight from four to 31 theaters and jumped up to an estimated $431,000 for an average of $13,903. With a $800,000 cume, the Richard Linklater film widens again next weekend into about 50 total sites before going nationwide on June 14 as upscale counter-programming to Man of Steel.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $155.5M which was up 18% from last year when Snow White and the Huntsman opened at number one with $56.2M; and up 2% from 2011 when X-Men: First Class debuted in the top spot with $55.1M.

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Comments

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Honestly quite surprised and glad that the Saibaman finally caught the wrong end of a Kamehameha. Dude's made one decent film and, for the sake of the art, should never be let within a 50 meter radius of a camera again.

When I'd rather watch Michael Bay masterbate his robots than the new project from the once-heralded Hitchcock 2.0, it's just the end of the line. It's time for M Night to Shyabyebye.

Jun 2 - 05:33 PM

Seamus Burke

Seamus Burke

The only reason Shyamalan still had a career is because, in spite of bad reviews and huge fan backlash, "The Last Airbender" still did well financially (at least when you count overseas grosses). A turd this big though? And dragging Will Smith down with him? I think this may truly be the end.

Jun 2 - 10:02 PM

Margene  L.

Margene Lewis

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Jun 5 - 05:47 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

But all the critics are all in one big circle jerk when the Avengers came out. Are they done cumming on Joss Whedon yet?

Jun 3 - 11:03 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

1) What has that got to do with anything?
2) While I agree that Avengers was MASSIVELY overrated, on account of it being 2 hours of witty dialog and zero story (plus a super-lame third act), I am very much a Joss Whedon fan. Buffy, Angel, Firefly/Serenity, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible and Cabin in the Woods are all fantastic imo. Can't wait for Much Ado about Nothing. Seeing Whedon's take on Shakespeare will be interesting.

Jun 3 - 12:19 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

They automatically hate a movie due to whos directing. They always bring up Shamalan's previous work into the mix. Then, when they see someone else like Whedon or Nolan, who made good, not great films, they love every film that they make.

Jun 3 - 12:36 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

That's a fair point, until it isn't. Look at Malick's new movie - Tree of Life was proclaimed to be a masterpiece (I agree, though many don't), but To the Wonder was savaged.

Scorsese has been hit-or-miss with critics this last decade, Woody Allen is very hit-or-miss, as was Clint Eastwood. The Coens got mauled for Ladykillers, etc, etc.

There are a few examples of critics overhyping movies - Dark Knight Rises, Avengers, Star Trek into Darkness, etc, but there are just as many, if not more, of critics hating on great directors who legitimately fuck up.

The overhyping has more to do with great marketing ensnaring people who should know better, than any concentrated, conspiratorial blowing-smoke-up-certain-directors'-asses effort.

Jun 3 - 01:22 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

As to Shyablabla, you don't have to see his movies to know they suck ass. For example, I have not seen, nor will I see, After Earth, just like I haven't seen anything post-Village, but I can tell you, without any reservation, that those movies all suck, and I have zero interest in them.

Jun 3 - 01:24 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

IDK, I thought that it was better than a 12%, which it doesn't deserve. I give it a 5.5/10 because it had some decent CG, acting wasn't usual Shamamamama style, and the set pieces were pretty good. Story and Jaden Smith, however, I agreed were lacking. But Will Smith's presence alone was magnificant.

I just don't like it when a movie is written off. But overall, it did kinda suck. Plus, Avengers is overrated like you said. I predict the sequel will get a lesser score of 78-85%.

Jun 3 - 01:49 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

But the 12% does not mean that it got a 1.2/10. It just means that, out of all the critics, only 12% gave it a positive review - meaning greater than a 6/10.

The actual median score of After Earth is 3.8/10, which much better than a 1.2, but still obviously shitty.

So, in effect, by giving it a 5.5, you are contributing to the low rating, as your score is rotten.

Jun 3 - 01:58 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Yeah, but I bet some critics dropped it down 2 points because it was a Shamamamama film. If they were fair, that 3.8 would have been a 4.7-5/10. No movie can be 3.8 bad. That is for video games.

Jun 3 - 02:25 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

A LOT of films are 3.8 bad. Look at what Asylum, or Uwe Boll, does, for example. A 5/10 means it's passable; from what I heard, After Earth is not.

But that's all by-the-by and personal preference.

Jun 3 - 03:22 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Yeah, I guess I feel really bad that Will Smith lost a lot of money from it.

Jun 3 - 04:54 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

HAH! Don't worry, my dude. I'm sure Will Smith and his bank account will be perfectly fine. Honestly, I doubt he'd even notice the difference.

Jun 3 - 07:07 PM

escapingzoo

Alex Reyes

I think there's a bias against critics here as much as you say there's one against After Earth. You are not saying tdkr is worse than after earth i presume. You wouldnt have liked it tdkr have a12% here, not even a 50, yet critics seem to disapprove a lot more of it than they did the rest of the nolan batmans,, and even then, many people blame critics of having something against nolan for not including him too much in best of the year lists or awards or for considering the movie good, but not great, or for disliking his movies even. I really dont think it is names they go after. I was or impressed about the critics reception of the first iron man, yet they didnt forgive favreaux for having been less good for the second. Joss is rarely on a best of list, they just find him very competent and he is. I didnt love the avengers, but it was a hard thing to make and he did a decent job, at least one that passes as fresh, over 6/10. Also, the critics reception ended up mirroring decently the reception it would have with people in general when critics are often criticized for precisely not doing that. Still, dont worry, there are a few critics that didnt like the movies you didnt like, including the avengers. Some didnt hate it enough as to objectively rate it as bad, but not all loved it or considered the good qualities joss did bring to the table as decisive.

Jun 3 - 11:06 PM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

Is this your way to show you're still angry the Avengers made more money than Dark Knight Rises?

Jun 3 - 12:55 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Because, since I found Avengers to be underwhelming, I automatically loved DRK? Awesome logic right there, bud.

And besides, why the fuck would I care about it making more money? I'm not financially invested in any movie - its success of failure is completely foreign for me in terms of legitimate care.. but why am I being thoughtful with someone who thinks like a 12-year-old?

Jun 3 - 01:26 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I didint even like TDKR like that. I loved the animated series dumbass. Nice logic. BTW, I was the hugest Avengers fan when I was a kid.

Jun 3 - 01:44 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

And now you're the hugest troll on RT, Loki would be so proud.

Jun 4 - 09:19 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Shut up Big Sister.

Jun 5 - 07:35 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Ouch, that one really stung. Stop trollin' and you won't have to strain your brain for these witty comeback zingers anymore.

Jun 5 - 08:37 PM

Joem Cua Lee

Joem Cua Lee

To give credit (atleast), I think this is the first Shyamalan film to not hit #1?

Jun 2 - 05:34 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Lady in the Water did not, and although The Happening opened strong, I do not think it was number one on opening weekend, either.

Jun 2 - 08:30 PM

Joem Cua Lee

Joem Cua Lee

You were right. Both 'Lady' & 'Happening' came in third.

Jun 2 - 09:41 PM

Caleb P.

Caleb Paasche

Wow, I'm amazed that Smith has done that well at the box office. I mean, I like him, but thats incredible, every movie opening over $27 million.

Jun 2 - 07:13 PM

Dave J

Dave J

He used some of his own money to finance this film, so in Will Smith's case- it's one of the biggest flops he's ever gotten considering he was doing so well! This one isn't even going to crack the 100 million dollar mark but will make it if it includes foreign grosses!

Jun 5 - 01:50 PM

Ken Wolfson

Ken Wolfson

Huzzah to Fast Six and Now You See Me for crushing Shayamanadingdong's film flat.

Jun 2 - 07:35 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I'm just laughing at how terrible M Night Shyamalan has become. This guy really needs to learn how to make something new.

Jun 2 - 07:37 PM

Jeff Horne

Jeff Horne

Why do studios keep giving him budgets to make movies?

Jun 2 - 07:52 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

They haven't in the last three years and this one only got made because Will Smith couldn't find anybody else to make a movie just for his kid. Thanks Dad!!!

Jun 2 - 08:26 PM

Seamus Burke

Seamus Burke

Was this a birthday present to Jaden or something like that? I'm sure he's just like "Dad, you could have just gotten me a car" right now.

Jun 2 - 10:03 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Jaden's birthday is in 2 months.

Jun 3 - 11:03 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, the reason Will Smith got him in the first place was because Night for the time being was the only director he could make changes with since Smith is also one of the producers! Most well regarded directors won't compromise these days, and Night is one of few who would! The movie was supposed to turn Will Smith's son Jaden into a star but the film wasn't successful at convincing it's audience that!

Jun 3 - 01:08 PM

Raul Magana

Raul Magana

I disagree. Since he strayed from pg-13 supernatural thrillers, he's been in a free fall. He should go back to what he used to be known for and comfortable with.

Jun 3 - 12:46 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

They guy tries to pull off the same trick in every movie that he does. He needs to either move on or just stop making movies.

Jun 3 - 02:46 PM

Jeff Horne

Jeff Horne

Why do studios keep giving him budgets to make movies?

Jun 2 - 07:52 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

They haven't in the last three years and this one only got made because Will Smith couldn't find anybody else to make a movie just for his kid. Thanks Dad!!!

Jun 2 - 08:26 PM

Seamus Burke

Seamus Burke

Was this a birthday present to Jaden or something like that? I'm sure he's just like "Dad, you could have just gotten me a car" right now.

Jun 2 - 10:03 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Jaden's birthday is in 2 months.

Jun 3 - 11:03 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, the reason Will Smith got him in the first place was because Night for the time being was the only director he could make changes with since Smith is also one of the producers! Most well regarded directors won't compromise these days, and Night is one of few who would! The movie was supposed to turn Will Smith's son Jaden into a star but the film wasn't successful at convincing it's audience that!

Jun 3 - 01:08 PM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

Well, that's one more blow to M. Night's ego. I'm still surprised he agreed for the marketing team to hide his name at all.

Jun 2 - 08:23 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

They haven't in the last three years and this one only got made because Will Smith couldn't find anybody else to make a movie just for his kid. Thanks Dad!!!

Jun 2 - 08:26 PM

Seamus Burke

Seamus Burke

Was this a birthday present to Jaden or something like that? I'm sure he's just like "Dad, you could have just gotten me a car" right now.

Jun 2 - 10:03 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Jaden's birthday is in 2 months.

Jun 3 - 11:03 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Smith's career is falling, his last few films have been very mediocre. Shyaman's might be done at this point.

Jun 2 - 08:27 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Lady in the Water did not, and although The Happening opened strong, I do not think it was number one on opening weekend, either.

Jun 2 - 08:30 PM

Joem Cua Lee

Joem Cua Lee

You were right. Both 'Lady' & 'Happening' came in third.

Jun 2 - 09:41 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

I predicted "Fast" would take the weekend, looks like I was spot on. Still bummed that "Now You See Me" got mediocre reviews (haven't seen it yet).

Jun 2 - 08:50 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Re: these "sectors" who are "not interested in recycled sequels" (let's just add reboots and all pre-established "brands" together).

I really hope that these sectors are the next ones you mentioned: women, under 30, and non-white. I was starting to think that all of this creative recycling is appealing only to middle-aged white male fanboys or something. You know, the same kind of people who are running the studios right now. White. 30-40s. Male. Arrested intellectual and creative develpoment. Nostalgia-indulgent. God Complex/Daddy issues (oh, sorry, I didn't see Kal-El standing right there).

Jun 2 - 09:05 PM

Joem Cua Lee

Joem Cua Lee

You were right. Both 'Lady' & 'Happening' came in third.

Jun 2 - 09:41 PM

Seamus Burke

Seamus Burke

The only reason Shyamalan still had a career is because, in spite of bad reviews and huge fan backlash, "The Last Airbender" still did well financially (at least when you count overseas grosses). A turd this big though? And dragging Will Smith down with him? I think this may truly be the end.

Jun 2 - 10:02 PM

Margene  L.

Margene Lewis

Start working at home with Google! It's by-far the best job Ive had. Last Monday I got a new Alfa Romeo from bringing in $7778. I started this 9 months ago and practically straight away started making more than $83 per hour. I work through this link, Mojo50.com

Jun 5 - 05:47 PM

Seamus Burke

Seamus Burke

Was this a birthday present to Jaden or something like that? I'm sure he's just like "Dad, you could have just gotten me a car" right now.

Jun 2 - 10:03 PM

Mike Monzingo

Mike Monzingo

it doesn't take a genius to see that after earth just didn't have anything to offer.. just his kid chasing and fighting animals and whatever else.. at least this kid has now experienced failure/rejection? lets see where he goes from here?.

Jun 2 - 10:44 PM

Darren Anderson

Darren Anderson

Men in black 4, Independence day 2 & 3, Bad Boys 3 and anything daddy can get him in.

Jun 3 - 01:53 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Star Trek is the only thing in theaters remotely worth watching. The rest of it is crap, but hopefully the best is yet to come with The Man of Steel, Pacific Rim and Elysium still in the wings. Desolation of Smaug is too far off to count. If these are stinkers this could be the worst year for movies ever.

Jun 2 - 11:20 PM

Darren Anderson

Darren Anderson

Agreed. Star Trek is the only film worth its hype. Not sure why the Hangover 3 had no hangover element to the story, could have been so much better.

Jun 3 - 01:49 AM

Chris Eaton

Chris Eaton

Desolation of Smaug is going to be very tedious affair, given that there simply isn't a whole lot of material to work with for it. They really shouldn't have tried to stretch such a short book into three movies.

Jun 3 - 04:56 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

You obviously haven't watched Mud, but you old people are really too slow to understand a good movie.

Jun 3 - 11:05 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, some have said that Star Trek 2 is only a carbon copy of the much superior "The Wrath Of Kahn"! That you don't need brains to understand Star Trek 2 since it's one explosion after the next!

Jun 3 - 01:11 PM

Darren Anderson

Darren Anderson

Agreed. Star Trek is the only film worth its hype. Not sure why the Hangover 3 had no hangover element to the story, could have been so much better.

Jun 3 - 01:49 AM

Darren Anderson

Darren Anderson

Men in black 4, Independence day 2 & 3, Bad Boys 3 and anything daddy can get him in.

Jun 3 - 01:53 AM

Chris Eaton

Chris Eaton

Desolation of Smaug is going to be very tedious affair, given that there simply isn't a whole lot of material to work with for it. They really shouldn't have tried to stretch such a short book into three movies.

Jun 3 - 04:56 AM

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