It’s a box office blowout — “Fast & Furious 6” is revving past “The Hangover Part III” in the No. 1 position at the Memorial Day holiday weekend box office.
The sixth installment in Universal Pictures’ muscle car franchise, featuring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, debuted with $98.5 million domestically from Friday to Sunday, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Universal estimates that by the end of the four-day holiday weekend Monday, “Fast & Furious 6” will have pulled in $122.2 million domestically and $275.5 million worldwide. That would give it the second-biggest opening of the year behind “Iron Man 3.”
Paramount Pictures’ science-fiction sequel “Star Trek: Into Darkness” earned $38 million at No. 3 in its second weekend at the box office, while the Fox animated film “Epic,” with a voice cast including Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Jason Sudeikis and Beyonce, opened at No. 4 with $34.2 million.
Overall domestic receipts for the four-day Memorial Day weekend are expected to come in ahead of 2011’s record-breaking $276 million.
Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com, estimated that four-day revenues this time will total $323 million, about 15 percent above Memorial Day weekend in 2011, when “The Hangover Part II” delivered a $103.4 million debut.