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Fast & Furious 6 box office: Best opening ever of a Fast and Furious movie? (Photo: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 6) Fast & Furious 6 will easily top the North American box office on Friday, May 24. According to very early, very rough estimates found at Deadline.com, the Justin Lin-directed action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, and Vin Diesel, should collect $35 million at 3,658 locations — including $6.5 million from late Thursday and midnight screenings. For comparison’s sake: Fast Five, which opened in late April 2011, earned $3.8 million at midnight screenings. Oh, but wait. Fast & Furious 6 had the advantage of late-Thursday, pre-midnight screenings, and although the latest Fast and Furious movie is clearly ahead of its predecessor, we’re comparing melons and watermelons here. That’s much like claiming that Fast & Furious 6 will have by far the biggest opening ever of a Fast and Furious movie — when we’re including not only late Thursday showings, »
- Zac Gille
In anticipation of Fast & Furious 6, I sat down one glorious Sunday afternoon to marathon the entire series. With a bottle of wine (okay, two), I made my way through The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, and Fast Five from approximately 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. (I took a few breaks). Here is where my head was at after nearly 10 hours of muscles, cars, and muscle cars.
1. The one that started it all…
Watching The Fast and The Furious for the first time in years brought me back to high school, »
- Denise Warner
Update: Universal’s “Fast and Furious 6″ is speeding up for approximately $35 million Friday and $100 four-day weekend, according to noon estimates. Some analysts are projecting as much as $45 million for “Fast” on Friday. Either way, the Universal actioner should score a franchise-best opening. Warner Bros’ “Hangover Part III,” meanwhile, is neck-and-neck with the Fox toon “Epic” for second place with an estimated $50 million for the Memorial Day weekend.
This Memorial Day weekend may be off to a record-setting pace but for two franchise powerhouses, the results were a mixed bag on Thursday.
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The last “Hangover” movie earned a record-breaking $31.6 million during the same period in 2011 so the early figures indicate audiences may be getting tired of the R-rated comedy franchise. »
- Stuart Oldham
Jake Peffer ranks the six installments of Fast & Furious franchise...
Since beginning in 2001, The Fast and the Furious franchise has become one of the most successful movie series of the past decade, combining cool cars with incredible action set pieces and likable characters. The franchise has changed somewhat over the years, going from being about street racing to following these characters as they run from the law. Each film certainly ranges in quality, but they all have plenty of entertaining moments, so with Fast & Furious 6 coming to theaters I felt it was time to rank the series from worst to best...
6. Fast & Furious (2009)
2009 saw the original cast from the first Fast & Furious movie reunite. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster all returned for the fourth installment, which ended up being the worst in the series. What makes this one the low point of the franchise is the »
- Flickering Myth
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Fast & Furious 6
That increasingly rare Hollywood franchise in which the heroes sport street clothes instead of spandex, Universal’s “Fast and Furious” shifts into sixth gear with few evident signs of engine wear. Mounted on an even larger scale than 2011’s epic (and massively profitable) “Fast Five,” this series swan song for helmer Justin Lin (on board since 2006’s “Tokyo Drift”) ups its own ante on balletic vehicular mayhem and international intrigue, while mending some loose narrative ends and unfurling others. Faithful fans and passersby alike should be more than pleased by this superior piece of classical action craftsmanship, which looks to meet or exceed its predecessor’s nitrous-boosted $626 million global take.
— Scott Foundas
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Distributor: Warner Bros.
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- Variety Staff
Not too many Hollywood franchises hit their stride five movies in, but in 2011, "Fast & Furious 3-6" director Justin Lin finally found the perfect formula with "Fast Five," mixing the series' trademark auto-lust with increasingly over-the-top vehicular mayhem. The result was a box office windfall, and a perfect storm of a summer movie that hit just the right tone of crowd-pleasing lunacy. So in an attempt to keep the good times rolling, "Fast & Furious 6" (or just "Furious 6," according to the movie's title card) transitions the franchise from street racing heist movie to a globetrotting action blockbuster.
After their last job left them with millions in the bank and a new addition to the family, Brian (Paul Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel) are convinced to get back behind the wheel by special agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who needs their crew's racing prowess to stop a former Sas-operative-turned-criminal-mastermind named Shaw (Luke Evans) from building some kind of super-bomb, »
- Moviefone Canada
"Fast & Furious 6" cruised to a $6.5 million debut on Thursday night, virtually doubling what "Fast Five" made in 2011. Meanwhile, "The Hangover Part III" added to its Wednesday night take, bringing its total to a soft $11.7 million. The two franchise films were expected to battle it out over the long weekend, but now it's becoming clear that "Furious" will easily win this race, likely grossing around $80 for the four-day frame. "Hangover" will likely pick up somewhere in the $70 million range, far short of its predecessor. "Furious 6," which reunited Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker and others, »
- Dave Lewis
It's official. The title of the sixth film in the Fast and the Furious anthology is, at least here in the states, Furious 6. It's Fast and Furious 6 in foreign markets, but it doesn't take long to realize the Fast part of the title is gone. Furious 6 is never as exhilarating as its most recent predecessor, Fast Five, but it's difficult to keep up with that thrill-a-minute spectacular. Still, lack of pace doesn't keep this entry from being a rock-solid action extravaganza with a few genuine tricks up its sleeve. Furious 6 revs up slow, but just like the franchise's muscle-car-loving muscle head lead, it knows when to hit the nitrous: a bit later in the race. When we last left Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his merry band of car racers and heist takers, they were sitting comfortably abroad having just scored the job of a lifetime. Each of them is financially set, »
- Jeremy Kirk
How do you up the ante of the high-octane blockbuster that was Fast Five in 2011? You take action that was already ramped up to 11, and you crank it up to whatever insanely high number you can conjure up in your head. But Fast & Furious 6 isn't just a good action film, it's done something far more fascinating. It has made the entire Fast and Furious series one of the great movie franchises out there.
We didn't know it at the time, but on June 18, 2001, when a silly Point Break ripoff about street racing hit theaters, we had just entered Phase One of a classic action franchise that didn't even exist yet. The Fast and the Furious spawned a silly sequel, and we figured that'd be the end of it. A third one came out, different plot, different characters, was it even from the same universe? Just when we thought we had enough, »
- J.C. De Leon
"Fast & the Furious 6" is off to a roaring start at the box office, earning $6.5 million in late night shows on Thursday in what is shaping up to be one of the biggest Memorial Day weekends in movie history. That figure is a franchise best and easily tops the $3.8 million that "Fast Five," the previous installment in the cars and criminals series, earned two years ago in its midnight showings. It is also more than double the $3.1 million that "The Hangover Part III" earned in late night screenings »
- Brent Lang
This weekend, the sixth (!) installment of the "Fast and Furious" franchise tears into theaters nationwide. In this entry, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) are brought out of retirement by Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) to help stop a terrorist (Luke Evans) who utilizes fast cars in his heists. If you thought that "Fast Five" was crazy awesome, just wait until you see this movie -- the already loose approximation of physics is pushed even further. It's insane, and so enjoyable. But, if you're unsure about jumping into "Fast and Furious 6" without reading the instruction manual first, then here's a guide to 10 things to know about the film. Buckle up. It's going to be a wild ride. 1. It Might Be a Good Idea to Brush Up on Your 'Fast and Furious' History "Fast and Furious 6" represents a culmination, not just of the mini-trilogy, which started »
- Drew Taylor
You may be ready to check out Fast & Furious 6 in theaters, but are you prepared to correctly identify who every character is, how everyone knows each other and who’s dated (or murdered) whom? Well, buckle up. VH1 Celebrity created a character map of all the major characters from all seven films. (Yes, we included the still unfilmed Fast Seven…because we love you.) Warning: Fast & Furious 6 Spoilers. [Click for Hi-Res]
If you still don’t remember who everyone is then check out an extended guide below.
Brian O’Conner played by Paul Walker
What’s His Deal?: Well, he’s one of the lead characters and has appeared in every film except the third. He started off as an undercover cop assigned to bust a tractor trailer hijacking/street racing/crime ring thing, but let the group’s leader, »
- Meghan O'Keefe
It seems every summer is ruled by comic book movies these days, and 2013 is set to be no different. Iron Man 3 fired the first shot, and titles like Man of Steel and The Wolverine are waiting in the wings. One big film curiously missing from the conversation though is Furious Six, but just because its characters aren’t splayed across the covers of Marvel or DC comics doesn’t mean they’re not indestructible superheroes here to save the day. O’Connor (Paul Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel) are living it up in Spain alongside their honeys (Jordana Brewster and Elsa Pataky respectively) thanks to the massive score from their adventure in Rio. Their hulking nemesis Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) appears on their doorstep one morning with a simple deal. If they help him catch a criminal scourge who’s been stealing top secret military hardware and breaking traffic laws then Hobbs will grant them all full »
- Rob Hunter
Fast & Furious 6 picks up after the successful Rio heist in Fast Five, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew having given up their lives of crime, spending their hard-earned (read: stolen) money jet setting, wooing supermodels – or in the case of Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), adjusting to fatherhood. All seems well until Diplomatic Security Service Agent, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), tracks Toretto down, requesting the team’s assistance in stopping an international terrorist – in exchange for full U.S. pardons.
Toretto agrees to help and the rest of his crew assemble in London, where they come face-to-face (or car-to-car) with infamous Ex-Special Forces soldier-turned-robber Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), along with his team of cold-blooded killers and expert gear-heads. With only days to stop Shaw from acquiring ...
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- Ben Kendrick
"Fast and Furious 6" proves it's all fun and games until someone gets a tank ... and then it's awesome!The high-octane flick hits theaters this weekend, bringing the series over-the-edge of ridiculousness with killer girl fights, characters returning from the dead and, yes, the aforementioned war machine.And while some franchises would be running on empty by the time #6 comes around, this may be the most exciting one yet.Though they all made out like millionaire Robin Hoods at the end of "Fast Five," Dom Torretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew are brought back into the seedy racing underworld to help Agent Hobbs (The Rock) stop international terrorist Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).If they succeed in taking him down, they'll be granted full immunity for their crimes in the previous films. Also luring the gang back: A photo of the presumed-dead Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) working with Shaw.The return of Rodriguez »
- tooFab Staff
Start your engines, ladies and gentlemen, it’s finally here — the release day of ‘Fast & Furious 6!’ The speed-demon, action-packed movie franchise is back with another movie that promises to be so intense you’ll need to wear a seatbelt.
Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the gang are back in their flashy hot rods for another installment in the Fast & Furious franchise. Fast Five, arguably the best movie in the series, left off on a huge cliffhanger that set up Fast & Furious 6 (out on May 24) to be the most thrilling, twist-filled installment yet. Did it live up to the hype, or spin out after not having enough Nos in the tank? Find out below!
‘Fast & Furious 6′ Reviews
New York Times
The bad guys have flip cars, sleek machines whose armor-plated front ends are designed so that when they strike another vehicle, it goes spinning through the air. »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
In case you thought it couldn't get any faster or more furious than Fast Five, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and co. are ready to prove you wrong in Fast & Furious 6. The original stars - including a resurrected Michelle Rodriguez - return for the sixth film in the speedy series, directed by Justin Lin. Things have changed for the crew since we last saw them: Brian (Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) are now parents, while retired "Uncle Dom" (Diesel) is moping around, but they're soon enough cast back into the world of extreme racing. This time they're legal, working on the same side as the government with federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). The story may be different, but the energy and edge-of-your-seat action is familiar in the best way possible. The movie opens with a montage of the previous films, so even if you're not a seasoned viewer, you'll still »
- Maggie Pehanick
Fast & Furious 6
Directed by: Justin Lin
Running Time: 2 hrs 12 mins
Release Date: May 24, 2013
Plot: International fugitives Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) are hired by a federal agent (Johnson) to help stop a slick European man (Evans) from producing a dangerous weapon.
Who’S It For? If you like great action movies, and/or are weary of popcorn spectacles created more with computers than real life, do not miss out on the insane fun you’ll have watching Fast & Furious 6. And if you loved Fast Five, seeing this movie should be a no-brainer.
Expectations: I really loved Fast Five, and the more I think about this franchise, the more I love it overall. Thus, this didn’t mean I was going in ready to love Furious 6, but that it had massive expectations to live up to. »
- Nick Allen
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Running Time: 1 hr 26 mins
Release Date: May 24, 2013 (Chicago)
Plot: Frances (Gerwig) tries to make something of herself in New York City.
Who’S It For? If you’ve ever felt aloof in your twenties, or re-tweeted Lena Dunham, you might want to take a look at this one.
In this era when a New York twenty-something girl can’t make a screenplay out of her journal without it being compared to “Girls,” I am not reminded of Lena Dunham’s popular boob toob program, but of Lola Versus, a Haagen Dazs date from last year you might have experienced and soon forgot. Directed by Daryl Wein and co-written with Zoe Lister Jones, Lola Versus was a film that also starred Frances Ha lead Greta Gerwig as the title character, »
- Nick Allen
Justin Lin may strike some as out of place in the pantheon of contemporary auteurs. The Taiwanese-born American filmmaker, best known for having directed Fast Five and its sequel, Fast & Furious 6, makes unabashedly populist blockbusters for mainstream audiences—hardly the purview of a "serious" artist. His films, wafer thin in narrative and thematic conception, concern themselves principally with street racing and bank heists. His camera, more functional than expressive, remains trained on glistening bodies and the expensive cars they drive, his highest aspirations clarity and expediency. And the dialogue, scripted now three times by Cellular's Chris Morgan, is deli »
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