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Fast and Furious kicks off frenzied holiday weekend

Moviegoers raced to see Fast & Furious 6 as it debuted over the holiday weekend, earning the action sequel a massive US$98.5 million ($124.5 million) take, industry estimates showed on Sunday.
The Straits Times - May 27, 2013
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Fast and Furious kicks off frenzied holiday weekend

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Moviegoers raced to see Fast & Furious 6 as it debuted over the holiday weekend, earning the action sequel a massive US$98.5 million ($124.5 million) take, industry estimates showed on Sunday.

The latest installment in the action-packed film franchise, starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, did earned the top slot at the box office during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, seen as the unofficial start of summer in the United States.

Second place went to the debauched bachelors of The Hangover Part III, which got a jump on the weekend by opening on Wednesday, and collected an anticipated US$42.4 million from Friday to Sunday, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Third place went to another sequel, Star Trek: Into Darkness which earned US$38 million as it fell from first place last week.

Epic a 3-D animated family film about a teenage girl who gets miniaturised Thumbelina-size, was fourth with US$34.2 million in tickets sold.

Super-hero blockbuster sequel Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr as the title character, took in US$19.4 million for the number five spot, while The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the literary classic, was sixth with US$13.7 million.

Seventh place was claimed by Mud, a coming-of-age story starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, taking in US$1.95 million.

42 - a biopic about trailblazing black baseball star Jackie Robinson - was eighth, with US$1.25 million in tickets sold.

The ninth spot went to The Croods, a stone-age cartoon which earned US$1.2 million.

Rounding out the top 10 was Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic action flick featuring Tom Cruise, which earned US$815,000.

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