Riding hard on the phenomenal success of Fast Five, the sixth entry in the Fast & Furious franchise opened last weekend to a brilliant $97.4 million, the highest opening of the franchise to date - heck, it's over a third higher than The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift's entire gross back in 2006. In so doing, Fast & Furious 6 has produced the biggest non-3D opening of the year so far, and pummelled The Hangover: Part III into second place; it opened with just $41.7 million, which is the lowest of that franchise, and even lower when one considers ticket price inflation. Hangover 3 opened on Thursday, where its takings were less than on any day Friday through Sunday. And, in fouth, animated film Epic took $33.5 million. That's a fair start for the Blue Sky Animation product, which, considering the lack of family-orientated competition in weeks to come, may be enough to raise Epic's domestic gross to its budget of $100 million.
The Winner / Highest Opener: Fast & Furious 6 ($97,375,245)
Top Per-Theatre Average: Before Midnight ($49,383)
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