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The surprises keep coming this summer movie season. “The Purge” defied all expectations, opening to $36.4 million, the film was made for just $3 million. Expect this film to drop off quickly as horror movies tend to be very front loaded, but the movie has a chance to wind up north of $70-80 million total now.

“Fast and Furious 6” and “Now You See Me” each earned just less than $20 million. “FF 6” should pass “Fast Five” by next week to become the highest grossing film in the franchise.

“The Internship” starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn debuted to a disappointing fourth, earning $18.1 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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Two highly anticipated sequels and one new film on the block look to take advantage of the lucrative Memorial Day weekend. What film will come out on top?

This is going to come down to a (pardon the pun) race between “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast and Furious 6”. Todd Phillips’ latest wisely decided to open one day early. But this one has a lot working against it. The second film opened big a couple of years back, but then went away quickly, not even matching its predecessor, despite opening twice as big. Third films in franchises, (“Shrek the Third”, “Spider-Man 3”, “The Matrix Revolutions”) rarely perform as well as the first two installments. And the second one was hated by critics and fans a like. This one’s getting trashed by the critics too, so this one won’t come close to the first two film’s grosses. Still, a five-day opening of $95-105 million seems possible, but expect it also to fade fast.

“Fast and Furious 6” on the other hand is hot on the heels of “Fast Five”, which became the highest grossing film in the franchise and the most critically loved one as well. The film sees Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson return, as well as Michelle Rodriguez and a lot of others. Luke Evans joins as the villain. This film may have a tough time matching the last film because of all the competition this summer, but Universal clearly believes in this film, hiring “Saw” director James Wan to take over from Justin Lin for “Fast and Furious 7”. This one has a lot of pent up demand and is a lot more accessible than “The Hangover Part III”, though it still targets males.

A four-day opening north of $100 million should be the standard (If you include Thursday night shows).

“Epic” seems like the odd film out. It should be a hit. It’s the first animated film since “The Croods” and families will be looking for a movie to see. But, animated action films always tend to be a tougher sell and previews have given off very different tones for the film. A voice cast that includes Pit Bull, Christoph Waltz, Amanda Seyfreid, Beyonce and Colin Farrell is an interesting mix. And this one should be a modest hit over the four-day weekend. However, this is also a film that could break out in a big way if families are determined to see a film, though I think most will wait for “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters University”. But I think a four-day opening of $45 million plus is within reach.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Fast Five” starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and more was one of 2011’s surprise hits. “Fast and Furious 6” promises to push the envelope even further. Justin Lin, however, stepped down as director for “Fast and Furious 7”. Now producer Neal Moritz talked about new director James Wan, who fans will know as the helmer of “Saw” and “Insidious”.

“(He’s) a terrific, terrific director at the top, top of his genre.  He’s done everything you could do in the genre he’s been working in, and as he said to me the other day, everything he has trained himself within that genre has been so he could take the next step up into something like Fast & Furious… I’ve always been a fan of his, he’s one of the people that we initially had on our list as a possible replacement, but I can just tell you when he came in and told us what his vision was, when he left the room we all looked at each other and said ‘That’s our director,” Moitz said.

Moritz also confirmed that Johnson will be in the seventh film. No word on whether that Jason Statham rumor is true, though.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Only one new major release this weekend as Tom Cruise returns to theaters in “Oblivion”. Cruise’s “Minority Report” is a fan favorite and was successful last decade. Can “Oblivion” live up to those expectations?

Cruise is coming off of “Jack Reacher”, which underperformed at the box office. But this one is an ambitious sci fi epic from the look of the trailers and the film is clearly looking to bring in summer sized audiences. Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) is directing and so far reviews have been OK, praising the visuals and Cruise, but criticizing the story. That could spell trouble in the long run because sci fi films tend to live or die based on whether its story can stand up to the action and special effects. Still, its opening weekend should be sizable given the lack of sci fi films like this in recent months. The promise of action and intrigue will be enough to get the sci fi die hards out in large numbers. Universal has had success in April with “Fast and Furious” and “Fast Five” both doing big business in the month, so while this one won’t reach astronomical numbers, expect a strong opening. The biggest worrisome thing is there were plans to release the film a week early in IMax to build word-of-mouth buzz. But those plans were cancelled, which in my mind means the studio realized it didn’t have a great film on its hands.

Opening weekend: $40-45 million

Expect “42”, the film about Jackie Robinson to hold extremely well and earn about $20 million in its second weekend.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Dwayne Johnson hinted that if the next Fast and Furious film shot this summer he would have to drop out because of his schedule. But just because director Justin Lin is out and James Wan is in doesn’t mean Universal won’t move…fast and furiously to get “Fast and Furious 7” out. At CinemaCon, the release date for the seventh film was set for July 11, 2014. That’s fast considering “Fast and Furious 6” comes out this Memorial Day weekend. The sixth film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and more. The seventh film is rumored to have Jason Statham as the villain.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

I think everyone was a bit surprised when Justin Lin, the director of “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”, “Fast and Furious”, “Fast Five” and the upcoming “Fast and Furious 6” announced he would not return for “Fast and Furious 7”. Since then a couple names have been thrown around. Reports are surfacing that Universal is close to signing a director that may surprise you.

James Wan is reportedly close to becoming the director for the seventh film. Wan directed “Saw”, “Death Sentence” and “Insidious” but this would be the largest film he’s ever worked on.

Meanwhile, “Fast and Furious 6” hits theaters next month and stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano, Dwayne Johnson, Luke Gross and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Thanks to “Fast and Furious” and really “Fast Five”, the Fast and Furious franchise is stronger than ever, both commercially and critically. “Fast and Furious 6” is about to hit theaters with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and a host of others returning. “Fast and Furious 7” has already been green lit with Jason Statham rumored to play the villain. But the man responsible for much of the increase in quality, director Justin Lin, has opted out of the seventh film. No word on a replacement, but with the sequel set to film later this year, expect Universal to move very fast (no pun intended).

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been a busy guy. He’s starred in family films like “Journey 2 The Mysterious Island”. He’s been in “Fast Five”, the upcoming “Fast and Furious 6” and maybe his own spin off film as Luke Hobbs. He’s in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”. Noticing a trend? He’s taken a lot of franchises and a lot of them have done well after he’s joined. In an interview with Cinema Blend, Johnson shared which franchise he’d like to join, if possible. Here’s his answer:

“Oh easily. Star Wars. And that’s not to say that they need it. Obviously they’re doing very well. And J.J. [Abrams] is just gonna crush it. I’m so excited. There’s a guy, by the way, who’s not just a brilliant director, but honors and respects mythology. You’ve seen that with Star Trek and you’re going to see that with Star Wars. I’m very excited about that.”

Abrams is of course busy preparing for the release of “Star Trek Into Darkness” starring Chris Pine and more. But it could be interesting to see Johnson in some alien makeup or perhaps as a bounty hunter in the new films. I’ve, surprisingly, grown to enjoy a lot of Johnson’s movies, even the recent “Snitch”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Fast Five” reignited the “Fast and Furious” franchise. “Fast and Furious 6” is one of my most anticipated films of the summer, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Luke Evans and Gina Carano. We know that a seventh film is on the way, with Jason Statham rumored to be playing the villain in that one. Now in an interview with Empire, Johnson said a spinoff film about his character Luke Hobbs could be coming, possibly before the seventh  film!

“[It could arrive] possibly after this one or after the next one, possibly,” Johnson said. “I’m not quite too sure. I know that’s the goal and we continue to build that character and have him take shape. But yes, I can’t wait.”

This might be FF overload, but if the quality can be kept up, I’d be up for this.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

I know, the summer movie season is still a ways a way. But we’re getting closer. And Memorial Day weekend has one of the summer’s biggest showdowns. “The Hangover Part III”, “Fast and Furious 6” and “Epic” all hit theaters looking to make a killing at the box office. Which one will come away the big winner?

Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover Part III” has some work to do. The second film set a Memorial Day weekend record with $103 million over the four days, but then dropped more than 60 percent thanks to terrible word of mouth. There’s finally a (somewhat) new premise and everyone is coming back from Heather Graham to Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. And the reportedly final film in the series, posters poking fun of some of the other hit franchises, and this one should bring in a decent amount of business its opening weekend. But it’ll be a far cry from the second film’s opening. That’s because “Fast and Furious 6” is gunning for the same young male audience. It’s rare for a franchise to be hitting the sixth film but have a unique possibility of being the highest grossing film in the franchise. But that’s where the sixth film is. “Fast Five” earned $86 million its opening weekend on its way to more than $200 million domestically. It was also a significant hit overseas. And, unlike “The Hangover Part II”, the film had critical acclaim and was a very big crowd pleaser. Now Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the crew are back along with the return of Michelle Rodriguez. With a more accessible PG-13 rating, look for this to be able to make a run at “The Hangover Part II’s” Memorial Day weekend mark.

The wild card is of course “Epic”. I’m intrigued by this film. The question will be is this a new animated classic, or a cut below Pixar quality. But it’ll draw in the family crowd, being the first big family film of the summer. Families are just as likely to be going camping or other outdoor activities, however, so this one might have great legs, but have a lower opening weekend. Still, if reviews are good for this one, this could be the film to beat over the holiday weekend.

Predictions for four-day weekend totals:

Fast and Furious 6: $100-110 million

The Hangover Part III: $75-85 million

Epic: $65-75 million

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.