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Fast & Furious 6 heads up US box office

Fast & Furious 6 has powered to the top of the US box office, one of a clutch of big releases that produced the biggest Memorial Day box office of all time.

The new film took an impressive $98.5 million in its opening weekend, proving that the public’s appetite for souped-up muscle cars is as rabid as ever.

The presence of The Hangover 3 , Star Trek Into Darkness , Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby in the top ten meant that this years haul easily surpassed the previous record of $223 million back in 2011, with the final figure yet to be confirmed.

Iron Man 3 ’s continuing presence in the top 10 saw its overall take sail past $1.1 billion, a remarkable performance that will surely increase the chances of a fourth solo outing for Tony Stark.

Meanwhile, Univeral bosses will be thinking that the upcoming seventh Fast & Furious is looking to be an increasingly lucrative proposal…

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.