FRIDAY UPDATE: Fast & Furious 6 scored the highest ever opening day for Universal in the global box office after taking in $53.4 million from 34 markets. It is the highest opening day for any film in the Fast & Furious franchise. The film will be released in 24 additional territories today.
SUNDAY UPDATE: Fast & Furious 6 is the #1 film in the U.K. after grossing $13.8 million over the weekend. It is the best opening weekend performance for the Fast & Furious franchise in that territory and represents the biggest weekend in the U.K. for stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The latest entry in the franchise trounced competition from the second weekend of Star Trek Into Darkness ($5.8M) and the debut of The Great Gatsby ($6.4M). The U.K. is the only market where Fast & Furious 6 is currently playing. The film will open in North America and various other overseas markets next weekend.
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.