Fast & Furious 6 plus The Hangover Part III should equal lots—and lots—of box office.
"It looks like we're definitely headed for a Memorial Day record," says BoxOffice.com editor Phil Contrino.
The Fast & Furious sequel, opening in some theaters as early as Thursday night, is expected to take first place with a projected Friday-Sunday gross of about $100 million.
The new Hangover installment, which bows in previews tonight, is pegged for second, which can be its own sort of win if the comedy hits its three-day target of $70 million.
Add in the new CGI family film Epic and the holdovers Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby, and Hollywood should surpass the combined $230 million that the Hangover Part II-led box office reached over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend.
The road to glory, however, could come with a couple of hitches.
With so many testosterone-driven movies at the Memorial Day multiplex, Contrino says the Trek sequel could be the one that gets muscled out.
"The market right now is way too male-centered, and that's going to hurt [Into Darkness]," Contrino says. "I wouldn't expect it to rebound."