FAST & FURIOUS 6 opened Friday, May 17 in the U.K. and Ireland and set a new record for Universal's highest opening day of all time in that market. The film grossed $4.6M (£2.99M) at 462 dates shattering the record held by the fourth film in the franchise, FAST & FURIOUS which grossed $3.6M (£2.5M) on its opening day in 2009 (Good Friday). Today's result makes FAST & FURIOUS 6 the biggest opening day for the FAST & FURIOUS franchise in the U.K. and the second biggest opening of 2013, just $90K behind IRON MAN 3 (in 3D) $4.7M (£3.081M). It is also the highest opening day in this territory for Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson.
FAST 6 is No. 1 in the market with 56% market share. THE GREAT GATSBY opened Thursday and grossed an estimated $2.6M (£1.7M) in 2 days.
For comparison, FAST & FURIOUS 6 is bigger than:
INCEPTION $2.6M (£1.7M)
STAR TREK: INTO DARKENSS $2.7M (£1.8M)
IRON MAN 2 $2.8M (£1.8M)
FAST FIVE $2.8M ((£1.8M)
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN $2.8M (£1.8M)
TED $3M (£2.1M)
TRANSFORMERS: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON: $3.5M (£2.2M)
FAST & FURIOUS 6 is set in London and had its global premiere in London so an initial opening in the U.K. was fitting for this installment in Universal's homegrown franchise. The film opens on Friday, May 24 in North American and day and date in 59 international territories.
GLOBAL: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Won't Hit $200M As Quickly As Expected, Overseas Cume Estimated at $75M on May 18, 2013
Saturday Update: A softer-than-expected Fri-Sun North American haul means that it will take Star Trek Into Darkness more time to hit the $200 million global milestone. The film opened in 33 new markets this weekend, including Russia. Russia is estimated to earn $9M for the weekend, which is 400% of the gross of the last film in that market. The film's estimated gross is $35M for the weekend and the projected overseas cume through Sunday is $75M.
Friday Update #2: Star Trek Into Darkness is off and running at the box office. With estimates approaching $100 million in four days of release in North America combined with $47 million in overseas box office reported already, the sci-fi flick is quickly making its way to the $200 million global plateau.
Friday Update: Paramount reports that Star Trek Into Darkness has $47 million in the bank overseas thru Thursday. Combined with the $13.5 million North AMerican haul, Into Darkness is now sitting pretty at $60.5 million globally.
Thursday Update: Star Trek Into Darkness opened in seven overseas markets this past weekend, earning $40 million thru Wednesday. According to Paramount, the combined figures from these territories are almost 70% greater than 2009's Star Trekfrom the same territories (UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Austria and German speaking Switzerland). 33 new markets, lead by Russia, will open this weekend.
Saturday Update #2: BoxOffice is now projecting that Star Trek Into Darkness will make $68 million from Friday-Sunday, which will put its 4-day total at $81.5 million.
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Saturday Update: Early reports this morning indicate that Star Trek Into Darkness may have grossed closer to $22 million on Friday, which means that it will be headed for a 3-day total somewhere near $70 million.
Check back soon for official numbers from Paramount.
Friday Update #2: Early estimates indicate that Star Trek Into Darkness is headed for around $85 million from Friday-Sunday. If that happens, the Paramount release will be at $98.5 million by the end of the weekend. Don't be surprised to see a surge in attendance that would push the film past $100 million. Into Darkness is performing very well on Facebook and Twitter, and it boasts an "A" from CinemaScore.
Friday Update: Paramount reports that Star Trek Into Darkness' North American cume is $13.5 thru Thursday from 3,762 locations (including 336 IMAX 3D). The action flick already boasts an "A" from CinemaScore.
Thursday Update: Paramount reports that Star Trek Into Darkness took in $3.3 million from early IMAX shows. $2 million came from the Wednesday evening shows and the other $1.3 million came from midnight shows.
BoxOffice is currently forecasting $112 million in North America by the end of the weekend.
SATURDAY UPDATE: The Great Gatsby added 19 territories on Friday, grossing $10M from 49 countries. The overseas cume is now $17M heading into the weekend and already surpasses the entire opening weekend of Moulin Rouge ($13M in the same 49 markets). The gloval total is $83.7M ahead of Saturday and Sunday's grosses.
TOP OVERSEAS MARKETS:
1/ Russia: $2.6M from 1,282 screens. Ranked 2nd
2/ UK: $2.5M from 934 screens. Ranked 2nd
3/ France: $2.2M from 660 screens nationwide. Ranked 1st
4/ Korea: $1.9M from 559 screens nationwide. Ranked 2nd
5/ Italy: $1.4m from 664 screens. Ranked 1st
Key Friday Opening Markets:
Both Spain and Taiwan opened on Friday to #1. Spain grossed $422k with 40k admissions from 540 screens, and Taiwan took $203k with 24k admissions from 101 screens respectively.
FRIDAY UPDATE: The Great Gatsby opened in 27 markets for an early $5.4 million overseas total as it expands to Spain and several other markets over the weekend. Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel is on track to become the Australian director's highest grossing opening weekend. Check back with us throughout the following days as we bring you updates on Gatsby abroad.
GLOBAL: 'Iron Man 3' Joins The $1 Billion Club on May 17, 2013
Iron Man 3 crossed the $1 billion global mark after 23 days in release. It is only the second Marvel film to break the billion dollar barrier, and the fourth Disney film to do so after Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Marvel's The Avengers. Iron Man 3 crossed the $300 million milestone in North America after 14 days in release, the 9th Disney film to reach the figure.
The overseas total for Iron Man 3 is $698.9 million across 55 territories, including a whopping $104 million from China. South Korea and the United Kingdom follow down the list, grossing $56.2 and $50 million respectively. Iron Man 3 is expected to cross the $50 million mark in Mexico this weekend.
The latest entry in the Iron Man franchise has surpassed the global totals of Captain America ($369M), Thor ($449M), Iron Man ($585M), Iron Man 2 ($624M), Amazing Spiderman ($752M), Spiderman 2 ($784M), Spiderman ($822M), Spiderman 3 ($891M), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ($963M), Jurassic Park ($967M), and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ($975M). It is the highest grossing film of all time in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
Iron Man 3 is now the second highest grossing superhero film of all time. It occupies the 11th position among all-time grosses in the overseas marketplace and is the 16th most successful film of all time in the global box office. The film has grossed $301.9 million in North America (U.S. and Canada).
Top Overseas Territories for Iron Man 3. As of May 16, 2013.
South Korea $56.2M
United Kingdom $50.0M
Hong Kong $13.3M
Other Overseas Markets $173.3M
Overseas Total $698.9M