This weekend will see one of the biggest box office face-offs of the summer as two big-budget franchises aiming to attract male moviegoers go head-to-head at the multiplex.
The action-heavy "Fast & Furious 6" and the raunchy comedy
The latest installment in the series featuring hot cars and hot girls should easily take the top spot, raking in a robust $100 million over the four-day weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
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The only other film hitting cinemas this weekend is
"Fast & Furious 6," co-financed by Universal Pictures and Elliot Inc. for $160 million, has received relatively strong reviews. The third "Hangover," meanwhile -- which cost
It's likely that the latest "Fast" film will end up performing even better at the box office than its predecessors. Established in 2001, the movies starring an ensemble, multi-ethnic cast have become one of Universal's biggest success stories as the franchise has grown in popularity over the years. The fifth film, released two years ago, grossed a whopping $626.1 million worldwide. A seventh installment in the series is already slated to hit theaters in July 2014.
The film's stars, including
The final "Hangover" film is also likely to grow in popularity with audiences overseas, though it remains to be seen how American moviegoers will respond to it. Though the second movie made $586.8 million worldwide, the film was not received nearly as well as the 2009 original, which became a surprise word-of-mouth phenomenon.
The movie reunites
As for "Epic,"
Because it is not part of an existing franchise, it's possible that "Epic" may face challenges at the international box office, where it opens this weekend in 21 countries. Last weekend the film launched in 16 foreign markets, including Mexico and Brazil, and sold $14.7 million worth of tickets.
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