Weekend Box Office: ‘Fast & Furious 6′ Takes #1 For Second Weekend
Fast & Furious 6 held onto the #1 at the box office for the second consecutive weekend, despite the new release of Will and Jaden Smith's After Earth. It earned another $34.5 million this weekend, bringing its total to $170.3 million domestically.
In at #2 was the Lionsgate magic-heist thriller, Now You See Me, debuting with $28 million. In it, an FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. It features an ensemble cast, including Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Woody Harrelson.
"It certainly has been magic for us to watch the numbers this weekend," Richie Fay, Lionsgate’s president of domestic distribution, told the Associated Press. He attributes the film’s success to a "brilliant marketing campaign" and positive word of mouth.
Will and Jaden Smith's After Earth opened at #3 wit $27 million. The film is set on Earth, 1,000 years after events forces humans to leave. Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher (Will Smith) crash land on the player, and with Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.
Fox's Epic holds at #4 with $16.4 million, while Star Trek Into Darkness slips to #5 this weekend with just under $16.4 million.
Also edging into the top 10 was the debut of Indian film, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. It opened in 162 theaters Friday and earned $1.6 million for the #8 spot.
That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson comedy, The Internship; and the Universal thriller, The Purge, starring Ethan Hawke.
This weekend's top 10 is as follows:
1. "Fast & Furious 6," $34.5 million.
2. "Now You See Me," $28.05 million.
3. "After Earth," $27 million.
4. (tie) "Epic," $16.4 million.
4. (tie) "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $16.4 million.
5. "The Hangover Part III," $15.9 million.
6. "Iron Man 3," $8 million.
7. "The Great Gatsby," $6.3 million.
8. "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani," $1.6 million.
9. "Mud," $1.2 million.
10. "The Croods," $615,000.