The box office showdown between The Hangover Part III and Fast & Furious 6 has been altered slightly. While many were wondering if either Warner Bros. or Universal would move off the May 24th release date to prevent a split opening weekend between two major franchises, it appears that WB has blinked—but just barely. The studio has moved up the release of director Todd Phillips’ trilogy-closer one day, to May 23rd, giving The Hangover Part III a day in theaters alone before Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6 swoops in.
If we compare the opening weekends of the film franchise’s two previous installments, Fast Five just barely has the edge with $86 million vs. The Hangover Part II’s $85 million. However, the last Hangover film suffered mixed reviews and a tepid response from audiences, while Fast Five was greeted with open arms, going on to rake in over $600 million worldwide. It would appear that Fast & Furious 6 has the jump on winning the weekend, but it will definitely be close. What about you, dear readers? Which film will you be seeing the weekend of May 24th? Hit the jump to watch the latest trailers for both films.
Here’s the official synopsis for Fast & Furious 6:
Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.
Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Hangover Part III:
“The Hangover Part III” is the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.