LONDON - BBC - Action sequel Fast & Furious 6 races ahead of The Great Gatsby in this week’s UK and Ireland box office chart.
The latest installment in the car-based franchise took more than £8.7m in its opening weekend, more than double the amount that Baz Luhrmann’s film made between Thursday and Sunday.
Gatsby’s £4.1m tally puts it just ahead of Star Trek Into Darkness, the weekend’s third most profitable title. The sci-fi sequel has now taken £15.6m since opening on 9 May. Fast and Furious 6, which sees Vin Diesel return as fugitive race car driver Dominic Toretto, opened in 462 locations across the UK and Ireland, 60 fewer than The Great Gatsby.
On a screen by screen basis, however, the film proved much more successful, earning an average of £18,869 per screen compared to Gatsby’s £7,845. British actress Carey Mulligan, who stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Luhrmann’s film, attended its star-studded premiere in Cannes last week.