U scoots ‘Fast’ to Memorial Day 2013

'Fast & Furious 6' will bow May 24; 'R.I.P.D.' tied to June 28

Universal Pictures is moving its “Fast” franchise firmly into summer, dating “Fast & Furious 6” for Memorial Day Weekend 2013, more than a full month later than its blockbuster “Fast Five” bowed this year.

With the 2013 calendar still pretty wide open, U picked May 24 to bring back Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson, with Justin Lin back on board to direct.

The April 29 bow for “Fast Five” brought Universal’s largest opening weekend domestically with $86.2 million. That movie heralded the unofficial start of the 2011 summer tentpole season, and is close to surpassing the $600 million mark at the worldwide box office.

U also set a June 28, 2013 release for Ryan Reynolds-Jeff Bridges supernatural action pic “R.I.P.D.” — bringing the total number of 2013-dated pics to 12. Of course, that number also includes the start of “The Dark Tower” series, which U has dated for May 17, though it remains to be seen whether that project will move forward after the studio stalled it over budgetary concerns.

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