Universal's Fast & Furious 6 rounded out its first week in theatres with a first place take of $4.99 million on Thursday. The blockbuster action sequel fell 14 percent from Wednesday. Normally that type of first Thursday decline would be a troubling sign, but daily holds in general were also a bit weaker than normal for a Thursday yesterday. In comparison, 2011's Fast Five fell 11 percent on its first Thursday to gross $4.12 million. Fast & Furious 6 was easily the week's top film with a massive seven-day start of $135.84 million. That exceeded the film's already lofty pre-release expectations and was 27 percent stronger than the $107.33 million seven-day start of Fast Five.
After stabilizing a bit the past couple of days, The Hangover Part III lost significant momentum on Thursday by falling 15 percent from Wednesday. Warner's R-rated comedy sequel grossed $2.71 million to hold steady in second place for the day. The film was down 77 percent from last Thursday's opening day performance. The Hangover Part III finished in a distant second place for the week with $60.37 million. The film's eight-day start stands at $72.16 million. That is a very disappointing 53 percent softer than the $154.43 million eight-day take of 2011's The Hangover Part II.
Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness grossed $2.56 million to remain in third place on Thursday. The second installment of the re-launched sci-fi series was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down 49 percent from last Thursday. For the week, Star Trek Into Darkness took third place with $55.93 million (which was down 41 percent from the previous frame). Star Trek Into Darkness has grossed $164.76 million in 15 days of release. That places the film 2 percent behind the $167.53 million 15-day take of 2009's Star Trek.
Holding up better than other wide releases on Thursday was Fox's Epic. The 3D computer animated film from Blue Sky Studios fell just 1 percent from Wednesday to place in fourth with $1.81 million. Epic placed in fourth for the week with a seven-day start of $48.76 million. That was on the very high-end of pre-release expectations and was 31 percent softer than the $70.34 million week one take of 2011's Kung Fu Panda 2. If it can maintain that percentage gap going forward, Epic won't have a problem topping the $100 million domestic mark.
Turning towards this weekend, Lionsgate's Now You See Me and Sony's After Earth were off to respective estimated late night starts of $1.5 million and $1.0 million. At first glance that would appear to give Now You See Me the edge for Friday as a whole, but it should be noted that Now You See Me started playing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, as opposed to the later 9 p.m. start time for After Earth. Grosses for both films will be counted towards Friday's opening day performances. Check back throughout the weekend for updates on the box office progress of both Now You See Me and After Earth.