Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. And since perhaps no movie understands and utilizes motion quite as well as "Fast & Furious 6," it's only natural that Vin Diesel's latest supercharged epic maintained its momentum and dominated the box office for the second weekend in a row.
Yes, according to Hollywood.com, "Fast & Furious 6" earned an estimated $34.5 million in its second weekend of release, bringing its domestic total to an impressive $169.8 million.
That was more than enough to beat out the weekend's two big new releases, "After Earth" and "Now You See Me." Which was no real surprise considering the positive buzz surrounding "Fast & Furious 6." What was a surprise, though, is the fact that "Now You See Me," which features Jesse Eisenberg as the head of a group of benevolent illusionists, managed to beat out Will Smith's sci-fi epic "After Earth" for second place by the score of $28 million to $27 million.
That has to sting not just for Smith and his son, co-star Jaden Smith, but even more for director M. Night Shyamalan, who was hoping to make a comeback after a series of flops but instead now finds himself in the position of having potentially sunk Smith, who previously was about the surest thing the box office had going. It's a potentially fatal blow to Shyamalan's once promising career, but the one time wonderkind may still have hope courtesy of the international box office.
"After Earth" isn't the only major release hoping to be saved by foreign money, either. Thanks to the current glut of blockbusters, "The Hangover Part III," which was once expected to carry the day, slipped all the way to sixth place in its second week of release. But the comedy has opened like gangbusters overseas, already raking in $110.7 million so far, giving studio execs hope that the disappointing trilogy capper may even surpass the foreign performance of "The Hangover Part II," which earned $332 million internationally two years ago.
For American audiences, though, it's still all about Diesel and company. And it's possible "Fast & Furious 6" may hold on to the top spot for a third weekend, as the only real competition hitting theaters this week is the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson buddy comedy "The Internship." Unless, of course, you count "The Purge," which is building some serious social media buzz and could be an outside contender if things break right.
Here's a look at the full top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. "Fast & Furious 6" - $34.5m (our review)
2. "Now You See Me" - $28m (our review)
3. "After Earth" - $27m (our review)
4. (tie) "Epic" - $16.4m (our review)
4. (tie) "Star Trek Into Darkness" - $16.4m (our review)
6. "The Hangover Part III" - $15.9m (our review)
7. "Iron Man 3" - $8m (our review)
8. "The Great Gatsby" - $6.3m (our review)
9. "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" - $1.6m
10. "Mud" - $1.2m (our review)