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Fast & Furious 6 races to UK top spot ahead of Great Gatsby

Fast & Furious 6

Story by Jack Foley

FAST & Furious 6, which includes sequences set in London, has shot to the top of the UK box office with more than £8.7m in its opening weekend.

The figure represents more than double the amount that Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby made between Thursday and Sunday.

However, Gatsby‘s £4.1m tally puts it just ahead of Star Trek Into Darkness, the weekend’s third most profitable title.

JJ Abrams’s sci-fi sequel, co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain, has now taken a whopping £15.6m since opening on May 9.

The success of Fast & Furious 6 is all the more impressive given that it opened at 60 fewer locations than The Great Gatsby.

Rounding out the top five are the latest instalment in Marvel’s Iron Man series, which added £1.4m to its earnings, thereby taking its overall total to £33.8m, and children’s dance movie All Stars, which placed fifth with £196,579 in its third weekend on release.

Acclaimed US indie drama Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey as a drifter who befriends two young boys, lies in sixth spot, DreamWorks’ animated comedy The Croods is seventh and the remaining top 10 places are filled by, respectively, comedy 21 & Over, Gerard Butler action thriller Olympus Has Fallen and Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited.

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