By Paul Dergarabedian, Hollywood Staff
This is an absolutely monumental box office weekend with an unprecedented $316 million expected for the F-S-S-M period and easily the biggest Memorial weekend (and one of the biggest weekends of all-time!). Christmas weekend of 2009 had a bigger F-S-S total of around $270 million, but for a four-day holiday total this is the runaway winner.
A perfect storm of hits led to this incredible weekend with going out to the movies proving itself to be the first choice for outside of the home entertainment. No question that this year's combo of Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part III, Epic and the continued strength of Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3 was irresistible to audiences looking for a fun time at the nation's movie theaters over the extended holiday frame.
UPDATED on Monday: Top Movies for Memorial Weekend (4-day estimates for Fri. May 24 - Mon. May 27) - This will be biggest Memorial Weekend ever with $316M overall!Rank Movie Gross Theaters Avg.Per YTD Distributor01 Fast & Furious 6 $120.0M 3,658 $32,810 $120.0M Universal02 The Hangover Part III $51.2M 3,555 $14,406 $63.0M Warner Bros.03 Star Trek: Into Darkness $47.0M 3,907 $12,030 $155.8M Paramount04 Epic $42.6M 3,882 $10,974 $42.6M Fox05 Iron Man 3 $24.35M 3,424 $7,112 $372.4M Disney06 The Great Gatsby $17.02M 3,090 $5,508 $117.8M Warner Bros.