According to weekend box office studio estimates released Sunday morning (June 9), two blockbusters passed the $200 million milestone in North America this past weekend: Justin Lin’s actioner Fast & Furious 6, starring fast and furious cars, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Vin Diesel, and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek into Darkness, starring the star-trekking spaceship Enterprise, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch. However, box office actuals released on Monday revealed that Star Trek into Darkness studio Paramount had been a bit too optimistic. (Photo: one of the Fast & Furious 6 cars, with Vin Diesel at the wheel.)
At no. 2 this past weekend, Fast & Furious 6 added $19.62 million (down 44 percent), cuming at $202.81 million according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Including Monday figures, the worldwide cume for the $160 million-budgeted sixth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise is an estimated $586.66 million. Back in 2011, Fast Five cumed with $209.83 million in the U.S. and Canada and $626.13 million worldwide. Fast & Furious 6 will be able to beat both figures before its box office run is over.
According to the most recent Box Office Mojo updates (June 9), Fast & Furious 6 top international markets are the UK with $35.34 million, Mexico with $31.53 million, Russia / CIS with $28.58 million (as of June 2), Germany with $24.98 million, France with $21.5 million, and Brazil with $18.43 million.
Star Trek into Darkness box office: $200 million a day later
After adding $11.42 million (down 32 percent) at no. 6 on the domestic box office chart, the $190 million-budgeted Star Trek into Darkness reached $199.86 million on Sunday — slightly short of the $200 million milestone. Needless to say, that milestone was passed on Monday, when J.J. Abrams’ sci-fier reached $201.2 million. Star Trek into Darkness passed $200 million on Day 26, whereas Fast & Furious 6 reached that milestone on Day 17.
The worldwide cume for the Star Trek sequel currently stands at $377.6 million. Back in 2009, Star Trek (without the advantage of 3D surcharges) cumed with $257.73 million in the U.S. and Canada and $385.68 million worldwide. The good news: Star Trek into Darkness will easily surpass the original at the worldwide box office. The not-so-good news: Star Trek into Darkness may lack enough stamina to surpass the original at the domestic box office, and will likely trail Star Trek by a wide margin in actual number of tickets sold.
By far, Star Trek into Darkness’ biggest international market is the UK with $37.14 million, followed by China with $25.87 million, Germany with $19.34 million, Australia with $14.62 million, and Russia / CIS with $10.21 million. Star Trek into Darkness has yet to open in Brazil, France, and Japan.
Fast & Furious 6, Star Trek into Darkness cast
Besides Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson, the Fast & Furious 6 cast features Jordana Brewster, Luke Evans, Avatar’s Michelle Rodriguez, Transformers: Dark of the Moon’s Tyrese Gibson, Elsa Pataky, Sung Kang, Ludacris, Gina Carano, Clara Paget, Gal Gadot, Matthew Stirling, Johannes Taslim, and Thure Lindhardt.
Besides Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch, the Star Trek Into Darkness cast features Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Noel Clarke, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, and cameos by Chris Hemsworth and Star Trek veteran Leonard Nimoy.
One of the Fast & Furious 6 cars, with Vin Diesel at the wheel photo: Universal Pictures.