(NBC News) "Fast & Furious" wasn't just a movie title, but also a description of movie ticket sales over the long holiday weekend.
The sixth installment of that action franchise pulled in an estimated $120 million over the past four days, leading the biggest Memorial Day weekend ever at the North American box office.
At $317 million total, it's $40 million more than last year.
"Hangover 3" was a distant second behind "Fast & Furious" with $63 million and another sequel, "Star Trek Into Darkness" was close behind with $47 million.
The one new release that wasn't a sequel or reboot, the animated tale "Epic", finished fourth for the weekend with $44 million.
"When you look at all of the films that are either sequels or remakes, reboots of franchises, it does seem like Hollywood doesn't have any original ideas left. There are a couple of films in there that do seem more original," notes Fandango's Dave Karger.
Three more non-sequels open on Friday: The Will Smith father/son sci-fi adventure "After Earth," a crime thriller about a team of magicians called "Now You See Me," and the coming-of-age tale "The Kings of Summer".
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