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Fast 6 obliterates box-office record

30 May 2013, 12:56

 Los Angeles - Fast & Furious 6 raced to the top of a record-breaking weekend at North American movie theatres, and the sixth instalment in the street-racing franchise delivered a turbo-charged performance overseas.

The film debuted atop the holiday weekend box office, collecting $117m domestically and $158m internationally - the biggest opening yet for a Universal Pictures release.

Ticket tallies over the four-day weekend also set a Memorial Day record with $314.2m.

"This just obliterated the 2011 record, which was $276.75m," said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com.

More than a third of the take belonged to Fast & Furious 6 which stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson, along with an international supporting cast. The film follows the muscle-car crew as they join with police in a worldwide hunt for a terrorist, battling a plane and a tank along the way.

The film's international cast and settings contributed to its appeal.

Fast & Furious 6

"It's no coincidence that the movie takes place overseas," said Dave Karger, chief correspondent for movie site Fandango.com. "That was, I'm sure, a very calculated decision."

Though a proven box-office winner, with its six films cumulatively collecting $1.9 billion so far, the Fast & Furious series hasn't quite reached the level of other powerhouse action franchises such as Harry Potter, Transformers and Iron Man.

The five Potter films have earned $7.7 billion worldwide.

The three Transformers films have a worldwide gross of $2.67 billion. The third Iron Man film was released last month, and the franchise has claimed $2.36 billion worldwide so far.

Fast & Furious 6

- AP


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