Memorial Day Box Office: “Fast & Furious” helps set record, “Hangover” hangs on

vin“What’s that smell?” Vin Diesel seems to be asking with that look.

“Smells like MONEY.”

“Fast & Furious 6” has set itself up to earn $110 million this weekend, based on late Thursday all-day-and-night Friday numbers. Unless audiences bail on it later in the weekend, it will set a franchise record and help make this the biggest Memorial Day at the movies ever.

It will come close to $90 million over three days, $110 million over four.

“Hangover III” is a big-brand-name franchise, too. But bad reviews and weak word of mouth are suppressing turnout. That one looks like a $53 million opening weekend hit.

The telling days for the animated “Epic” will be Saturday and Monday, kids-go-to-the-movie days. Right now, it’s looking like a $44 million picture, but Sunday AM’s read will be the telling one.

“Star Trek” has lost over half its audience and is headed for a $37 million weekend take. “Iron Man” continues to plug along, “Gatsby” just passed $100 million North American box office and will be close to $120 by Monday.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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