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UPDATE: ‘Fast and Furious 6’ Racing Towards $35 Million Friday, $100 Million Four-Day Weekend; ‘Hangover’ and ‘Epic’ Eye $50 Million

'Fast 6' off to franchise-best start

UPDATE: Universal’s “Fast and Furious 6” is speeding up for approximately $35 million Friday and $100 four-day weekend, according to noon estimates. Some analysts are projecting as much as $45 million for “Fast” on Friday. Either way, the Universal actioner should score a franchise-best opening. Warner Bros’ “Hangover Part III,” meanwhile, is neck-and-neck with the Fox toon “Epic” for second place with an estimated $50 million for the Memorial Day weekend.

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This Memorial Day weekend may be off to a record-setting pace but for two franchise powerhouses, the results were a mixed bag on Thursday.

Universal’s “Fast and Furious 6” earned a solid $6.5 million from Thursday night engagements while Warner Bros.’ “The Hangover III” grossed a lackluster $11.8 million.

SEE ALSO: “The Hangover Part III” Reviews Will Make You Cringe

The last “Hangover” movie earned a record-breaking $31.6 million during the same period in 2011 so the early figures indicate audiences may be getting tired of the R-rated comedy franchise.

Meanwhile, “Fast 6” is tracking at a slightly faster pace than “Fast Five,” which earned $3.8 million on Thursday night runs in 2011.

As of Friday morning, “Fast and Furious 6” is gearing up for a robust $85 million over the four-day weekend. “Fast Five” earned $70 million in its three-day debut in 2011.

Adding fuel to the fire, “Fast 6″ is also selling 53% more tickets than “Hangover III” on Fandango.

SEE ALSO: Vin Diesel Promises L.A. Setting for “Fast 7”

“The Hangover Part III,” which opened Wednesday night, should finish up the four-day weekend in the $60 million range, down 30% from the “The Hangover Part II.”

Still, the combined B.O. of “Fast and Furious” and “Hangover” — along with Fox-Blue Sky Animation’s $93 million family film, “Epic,” with a projected $40 million four-day opening — should propel Memorial Day weekend box office to record heights, surpassing the $273 million benchmark set in 2011.

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