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Analysis: People love 'Fast & Furious 6', but not quite as much as they loved 'Fast Five'

Fast & Furious 6 led the box office to the best Memorial Day weekend of all time – and it set a new financial high-point for the Fast franchise with its mammoth $97.4 million Friday-to-Sunday start.

But will it be able to hold up as well as Fast Five, which opened with $86.2 million and eventually drove away with $209.8 million total? And is the latest Fast and Furious film getting the sort of positive buzz from users that makes more installments in the franchise a given?

To answer that, we’ve taken our box office geekery to a whole other level. Using social media sentiment analysis technology, EW can now report whether people are talking positively or negatively about a movie on Twitter and other social networks.

Partnering with General Sentiment, a leading social analytics firm that analyzes more than 60 million sources of digital content every day, EW has developed an aggregate score to report not just on what is trending in social media but what users are saying on social networks.

Using a 100-point scale for each film — a score of 50 being neutral, a score of 51 and higher skewing positive, while scores of 49 and lower skew more negative, General Sentiment and EW can catch the sentiment of the social chatter – positive and negative.

We’re calling this the EW HIT (a.k.a. How’s It Trending?) Score. Here’s the breakdown of audience sentiment for the first five days of release for both Fast Five (in 2011) and Fast & Furious 6.

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Best of 2011: Top movie box office and DVD sales

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This year was all about a boy wizard, a Bumblebee, and a sparklevamp. Joining Harry, Sam, and Edward in 2011′s box office toppers were two groups of wedding-oriented train wrecks, several superheroes, and a bunch of upstart Southern domestics. Over in DVDs, a couple instances of horse power and some evil geniuses joined the fray. So which films topped the box-0ffice? Click through to see 2011′s most popular movies. READ FULL STORY

AMC bringing back 'Inception,' 'Fast Five,' 'Star Trek' in IMAX for one week only -- starting today

INCEPTIONImage Credit: Stephen VaughanFeeling disoriented from this image of Inception — at a key moment when logic and proportion had fallen sloppy dead? That’s not good enough! AMC Theatres want you to relive the in-theater experience of Inception — along with Fast Five and Star Trek — in IMAX on the cheap. They’ll be offering all three titles in IMAX for just $7 for the next week. (Sept. 30 through Oct. 6.) Get in on that action here. I’d forgotten how much the Star Trek poster looks like a relatively benign ghost.

It just started raining in Los Angeles for the first time since June. This siren call to spend the entire weekend at the movies can’t be a coincidence….

Oh wait, of course it can, because L.A. is not the center of the universe!

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Summer box office hits record $4.4 billion, but...

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The 2011 domestic summer box office earned a record $4.4 billion in the period between May 6 and Labor Day, improving by one percent on the $4.33 billion earned last year. Theoretically, this should be seen as a major victory for Hollywood — of course, they’re celebrating it as such — but savvy box office junkies know better than to simply believe the hype. The box office is not quite as healthy as that figure might suggest.  READ FULL STORY

Vin Diesel may work for scale to reprise Riddick: 'Money is always second to art, integrity and spirit'

n order for us to make a true R rated film, I must work for scale upfront. Not unlike the Find me Guilty experience (which I wouldn’t have changed for the world)… Money is always second to art, integrity and spirit… but the real issue is deeper. Can I suspend my life, to momentarily venture to that dark place… called Riddick. Now, I need to hear from Our collective… you. Wisdom and clarity appreciated,” he wrote.  READ FULL STORY

Box Office Preview: Thor's thunder keeps rolling

Aside from the near-certainty that Odin’s son will once more bring Mjolnir across the Bifrost from Asgard to trounce his foes like Frost Giants from Jötunheimr (translation: Thor will be number one), there aren’t many sure things in this weekend’s box office race. How far will Thor drop from its godly perch? Can the female-centric comedy Bridesmaids beat the F/X-driven supernatural thriller Priest to the altar? And will Fast Five race down the chart as quickly as the series’ earlier models? Here’s a look at how things might play out:  READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Thor' hammers out a $66 mil opening

The superhero film Thor smashed its competition this weekend with a $66 million debut, according to studio estimates. Among other Marvel-based movies, Thor opened better than The Incredible Hulk ($55.4 million) but fell short of X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($85.1 million) and Iron Man ($98.6 million). The $150 million action film, which was distributed by Paramount and produced by Disney-owned Marvel Studios, attracted an audience that was 63 percent male. Surprisingly, the PG-13 movie skewed older, with 72 percent of its audience over the age of 25. CinemaScore moviegoers gave Thor a “B+” rating, and 3-D showings brought in 60 percent of its gross. IMAX theaters, in particular, accounted for 10 percent of the movie’s earnings.

Fast Five, which premiered last weekend to a commanding $86.2 million, dropped a steep 62 percent for $32.5 million. That decline duplicates the performance of 2009′s Fast & Furious, which also fell 62 percent its second weekend. However, considering Fast Five‘s mostly positive reviews and its excellent “A” grade from CinemaScore audiences, industry experts thought the street-racing action flick would hold up better than this. Nevertheless, Fast Five has already collected a massive $139.9 million domestically in just two weeks. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Thor' collects $25.7 mil from puny mortals on Friday

SUNDAY UPDATE: Thor wins weekend with estimated $66 million.

SATURDAY REPORT: The god of thunder did pretty much what was expected of him, as Thor led the box office on Friday with $25.7 million, according to early estimates. That places the $150 million superhero film, which was released by Paramount but produced by Disney-owned Marvel Studios, on track for a $67 million opening weekend. Taking into consideration that Thor isn’t one of Marvel’s most well-known characters, and that star Chris Hemsworth isn’t a household name yet, $67 million should be viewed as a solid debut for the PG-13 movie. Among recent Marvel-based projects, Thor will finish in between The Incredible Hulk ($55.4 mil) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($85.1 mil). READ FULL STORY

'Fast Five' scoop: Vin Diesel talks about that surprise twist ending and the future of the 'Furious' franchise

If you’ve seen Fast Five and stayed for the final credits, you know there’s a surprise Easter egg bonus scene that gives a sense of where the sixth movie in the street-racing action franchise might go. If not, well, READ AHEAD AT YOUR SPOILER-BLOWING PERIL. SERIOUSLY. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Fast Five' in gear and ready to drive away with the weekend

It’s not even May and summer movies are already upon us. The first big, brash, bro-tastic action film of the season, Fast Five, hits theaters tomorrow, and, by all accounts, it’s poised to leave tire tracks on the back of its competition. Rio, which like Fast Five is also largely set in Rio de Janeiro, will have to flap its wings in order to keep going strong in its third week when faced with the equally family friendly Prom and Hoodwinked Too!: Hood vs. Evil.

1. Fast Five: $70 million

Much like the series’ need-for-speed wheelmen, the blockbuster franchise shows no signs of slowing down. Last year’s sequel/reunion/reboot Fast and Furious dropped two “the’s” and picked up a cool $71 million in its first weekend. The fifth entry is opening nearly a month later this year, as viewers gear up for summer, but the sluggish marketplace might keep its numbers from exceeding those of its predecessor. Regardless, Fast Five is almost guaranteed to beat out Rio’s $39.2 million to be the biggest opening weekend of 2011 so far.  READ FULL STORY

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