The Rock in Fast & Furious 6 leads to the biggest Memorial Day weekend in movie business history

Dwayne Johnson's box office Midas touch is working better in acting than wrestling - Photo by Stewart C of Flickr via Wikimedia Commons.

The Rock may not have broken the pro wrestling pay-per-view buys record at WrestleMania 29, but the huge $122.2 million opening weekend of Fast & Furious 6 led to the biggest combined Memorial Day weekend box office in movie business history.

The Rock may not have broken the pro wrestling pay-per-view buys record at WrestleMania 29 as he surely would have loved to do, but his movie career is another story. Fast & Furious 6 is set to be the biggest film hit ever for Dwayne Johnson.

Indeed, as f4wonline.com reports, the huge four day open of Fast & Furious 6 led to the biggest Memorial Day weekend in movie business history:

"Fast & Furious 6 which featured, among others, Dwayne Johnson & Gina Carano, did an estimated $98.5 million this weekend, more than doubling second place "The Hangover Part III" in the theaters. Actually, because it had a Thursday open in a lot of places, over the four-day weekend it did $122.2 million in North America. It also led this to being the biggest Memorial Day weekend in history for the movie business, breaking the 2004 record for a weekend headlined by Shrek 2.... Fast & Furious 6 also has done $177 million so far outside the U.S."

Such a blistering start wasn't quite expected by industry analysts, who projected that the Vin Diesel franchise would open to $80 million over the holiday weekend. The reason for the staggering business seems to be that the action movie has been almost universally beloved by audiences with a 95% thumbs up rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

One wonders how such success will affect The Rock's decision to wrestle again after tearing his abdomen and his abductor muscle completely off the bone and suffering a hernia during his match with John Cena at WrestleMania 29, which later required emergency surgery when his intestines burst through his abdomen tear.

It could be taken one of two ways, namely that appearing on WWE programming leads to wrestling fans buying tickets for his movies and thus boosts their box office or that he's risking far too much by stepping into the squared circle ever again.

In all likelihood it probably won't make any difference either way. It will all depend on how healthy he is in six months time and whether he feels there's a marketable main event match worth coming back for.

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