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My ‘Fast & ‘Furious’ weekend

Myron-Mays-160Instead of firing up the grill as I routinely do each Memorial Day weekend, I decided to be a little different and take in a good movie instead. So, Memorial Day weekend was a good one for Myron as usual. However, it was an even bigger weekend for anyone associated with "The Fast & the Furious movie franchise. Talk about a record-breaking weekend...this movie pretty much broke a lot of them. Looks like I wasn't the only one who decided to hit the theater over the course of the weekend.

No other movie by Universal Pictures has made more money than the latest installment of the series, "Fast & Furious 6." It easily came in at number one, beating out the opening of "The Hangover III," which brought in about $51 million.

Domestically, "Fast & Furious 6" brought in about $120 million over the three-day weekend, however, it also opened in three international markets to an additional $175 million dollars bringing in almost $300 million in its opening weekend! According to Universal Pictures, "Fast & Furious 6" beat its predecessor in the series, "Fast Five," which previously held the title of best opening for the studio with $83.6 million in domestic theaters.

The usual players were back, i.e. Paul Walker, Tyrese and Ludacris. Also, Dwayne Johnson makes his second appearance in the franchise. However, one of the greatest things that could have happened to this franchise overall was the return of Vin Diesel. Not taking anything from the rest of the cast, but his character is pretty much what the foundation was built upon.

Not saying that Diesel was THE star of the show, but check the figures, the two lowest grossing installments were the ones in which he was missing. Kind of reminds me of Smokey from "Friday." Those movies have never been the same without his character. Perhaps Chris Tucker will see what his return to "Friday" could mean. But I digress...

As predicted the film left the door open for the next film, which is inevitably gonna happen. And for those who haven't seen it yet, I guess I won't throw a spoiler out there. But make sure you stick around after the credits. That's when they give you the clues to the next piece of the puzzle...as they always do.

So look forward to "Fast 7" or whatever creative title they decide to use next.

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