1. Fast & Furious 6 – $35 million [2nd week; $170 million total] As expected, the latest adventure from Vin Diesel and company easily outpaced this week’s new arrivals to maintain its top spot while closing in on $200 million. The series amazingly just keeps doing better with each installment and is zooming in on the $209 million total gross of “Fast 5,” which is the franchise’s top grosser, and has hit $405 million worldwide. This weekend’s haul makes back the film’s $160 million budget and you’ve gotta figure a few people are going to want to see this again and scores more will grab it once it’s available for home viewing.
2. Now You See Me – $28 million [debut week]
The magic heist thriller dazzled audiences for a solid opening weekend and makes a nice dent in its $80 million budget.
3. After Earth – $27 million [debut week] Will Smith’s bankability proved no match for the backlash of nepotism (few were excited about seeing another collaboration with son Jaden in the continuing efforts to make him a box office star) and the ill-will for Director M. Night Shyamalan. This marks one of the elder Smith’s worst opening weekends since 2001’s “Ali,” which managed $14 million, and the drama “Seven Pounds,” which packed on $14 million in 2008. The film has little shot of making back its $130 million budget.
4. Epic – $16 million
[2nd week; $65 million] As tends to be the case with the family animated films, they have more staying power and this continues the trend in what should be a lengthy stay in the Top 10.
5. Star Trek Into Darkness – $16 million
[3rd week; $181 million] Darkness may not have been the summer juggernaut Paramount Pictures was hoping for, but it’s just $9 million shy of making a profit and it looks to be the must-see sci-fi film of the summer.
$15 million [2nd week; $88 million] The party is clearly over for the franchise, but the film will still earn back its $103 million budget even if it’s not the runaway success of the first two films.