Universal's Fast & Furious 6 will repeat at #1 in its sophomore weekend. The sequel banked $10.5 million on its second Friday and boosted its domestic cume up to $146.4 million. Yesterday's haul represents a 73 percent drop from its opening day. By comparison, Fast Five declined 69.1 percent from its first-to-second Friday--however, keep in mind that Fast 6's opening day included Thursday sneaks where Five did not. BoxOffice is projecting a $35 million weekend.
Lionsgate is reporting a $10.05 million opening day for Now You See Me, putting it on a trajectory for a very healthy $27.5 million opening weekend. The numbers compare well against similar titles like 2008's 21 ($8.66 million opening day) and 2003's The Italian Job ($5.95 million, or $7.84 million adjusted for today's ticket price inflation). The latter film opened on the same post-Memorial Day weekend that year.
After Earth fell far short of expectations this weekend. Sony reports a $9.8 million opening day for the Jaden Smith-Will Smith pic from M. Night Shyamalan. That's 44 percent off from the $17.5 million first day take of Shyamalan's previous flick, 2010's The Last Airbender, and 25 percent behind the $13.09 million opening day of his most recent original film, 2008's The Happening. BoxOffice projects a debut weekend in the range of $27.3 million.
Warner Bros. reports a second Friday of $5.23 million for The Hangover Part III, off a sharp 63.9 percent from last Friday (its second day of release). The domestic cume for the sequel's first nine days is $77.39 million--more than 53 percent below its predecessor's total through the same point. Part III is on track for a $15.5 million sophomore frame.
Speaking of Epic, the animated flick declined 55.6 percent from its opening day last week to $4.15 million yesterday. With a domestic total of $52.9 million through eight days, the film is on pace for a $15.7 million second weekend as it continues to benefit from the lack of kid-centric movies in the market.
Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness posted $4.44 million on its third Friday, off 55.6 percent from last Friday. The film's domestic cume is now $169.2 million. Our projection for this weekend is $15.6 million.
Last but not least, The Kings of Summer posted a strong $17,771 opening day from just four locations on Friday. The CBS film received an "A-" CinemaScore and is poised to perform well in the weeks ahead.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.