List of highest-grossing openings for films

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The following is a list of the highest-grossing opening weekends for films. The list is dominated by recent films due to steadily increasing marketing budgets, and modern films opening on more screens. Another contributing factor is inflation not being taken into account.

Biggest worldwide openings since 2002[edit]

This list charts films that had openings in excess of $200 million worldwide. Since films do not open on Fridays in many markets, the 'opening' is taken to be the gross between the first day of release and the first Sunday. Figures prior to the year 2002 are not available.

This list does not take into account country-by-country variations in release dates. Therefore, in some cases opening weekend grosses from many, or even most countries may not be included.

Rank Film Year Opening (USD)[1]
1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $483,189,427
2 Furious 7 2015 $397,627,459
3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $394,022,354
4 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $392,538,708
5 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $392,471,109
6 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 $382,425,000
7 Spider-Man 3 2007 $381,660,892
8 Iron Man 3 2013 $372,553,677
9 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $350,653,677
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $343,972,864
11 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012 $340,667,634
12 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $332,715,157
13 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $330,017,372
14 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 $303,949,700
15 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $302,138,390
16 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $291,022,261
17 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $274,939,137
18 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014 $273,897,634
19 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $272,150,927
20 X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 $262,866,321
21 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $250,000,534
22 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $248,887,295
23 Avatar 2009 $241,571,046
24 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $232,074,037
25 2012 2009 $230,470,474
26 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $228,893,465
27 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 $222,617,303
28 Iron Man 2 2010 $220,766,270
29 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $219,921,171
30 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 $218,430,064
31 The Hunger Games 2012 $211,785,747
32 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $210,101,023
33 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 $207,197,367
34 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 $204,845,197
35 War of the Worlds 2005 $203,061,125
36 Man of Steel 2013 $201,981,486
37 The Matrix Revolutions 2003 $201,390,000
38 Iron Man 2008 $201,174,140

Biggest opening weekends in U.S. and Canada[edit]

A list of films that grossed in excess of $100 million between the first Friday and first Sunday of release.

Rank Film Year Opening Weekend
(three day)[2]
Inflation-adjusted[3]
(2015 USD)
1 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $207,438,708 $213,091,480
2 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $191,271,109 $191,271,109
3 Iron Man 3 2013 $174,144,585 $176,308,953
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $169,189,427 $177,373,590
5 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $160,887,295 $165,271,526
6 The Dark Knight 2008 $158,411,483 $173,518,111
7 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $158,074,286 $160,038,924
8 The Hunger Games 2012 $152,535,747 $156,692,396
9 Spider-Man 3 2007 $151,116,516 $171,876,545
10 Furious 7 2015 $147,187,040 $147,187,040
11 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $142,839,137 $157,018,918
12 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012 $141,067,634 $144,911,773
13 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $138,122,261 $144,803,619
14 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $135,634,554 $158,673,173
15 Iron Man 2 2010 $128,122,480 $138,563,103
16 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $125,017,372 $135,204,962
17 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $121,897,634 $121,897,634
18 Shrek the Third 2007 $121,629,270 $138,338,411
19 Man of Steel 2013 $116,619,362 $118,068,774
20 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $116,101,023 $125,562,025
21 Spider-Man 2002 $114,844,116 $150,582,840
22 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $114,732,820 $130,494,543
23 Toy Story 3 2010 $110,307,189 $119,296,055
24 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $108,966,307 $119,783,499
25 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 $108,435,841 $130,939,650
26 Shrek 2 2004 $108,037,878 $134,895,074
27 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $102,750,665 $120,203,691
28 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 $102,685,961 $123,996,491
29 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $100,137,835 $109,687,301
30 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $100,038,390[nb 1] $100,038,390

Opening weekend record holders in U.S. and Canada[edit]

These are the films that, when first released, set the opening three-day weekend record after going into wide release.

Year Title Opening weekend[4] Inflation-adjusted[3]
(2015 USD)
1975 Jaws[nb 2] $7,061,513 $30,949,253
1978 Jaws 2 $9,866,023 $35,673,727
1978 Star Wars (re-release) $10,166,336 $36,759,604
1978 Every Which Way but Loose[nb 3] $10,272,294 $37,142,728
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture $11,926,421 $38,754,033
1981 Superman II $14,100,523 $36,577,748
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan $14,347,221 $35,061,640
1983 Return of the Jedi $23,019,618 $54,507,194
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom $25,337,110 $57,515,727
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II $26,348,555 $54,696,019
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $29,355,021 $55,849,405
1989 Ghostbusters II $29,472,894 $56,073,664
1989 Batman $40,505,884 $77,064,483
1992 Batman Returns $45,687,711 $76,781,790
1993 Jurassic Park $47,026,828 $76,774,736
1995 Batman Forever $52,784,433 $81,695,409
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $72,132,785 $105,971,196
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $90,294,621 $120,262,729
2002 Spider-Man $114,844,116 $150,582,840
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $135,634,554 $158,673,173
2007 Spider-Man 3 $151,116,516 $171,876,545
2008 The Dark Knight $158,411,483 $173,518,111
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $169,189,427 $177,373,590
2012 Marvel's The Avengers $207,438,708 $213,091,480

Biggest opening day in U.S. and Canada[edit]

A list of films that grossed in excess of $50 million on the first day of release.

Rank Movie name Year Opening day[5] Inflation-adjusted[3]
(2015 USD)
1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $91,071,119 $95,476,482
2 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $84,460,000 $84,460,000
3 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $80,517,000 $82,711,115
4 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $75,754,897 $77,819,243
5 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $72,703,754 $79,921,127
6 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $71,642,526 $75,108,074
7 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012 $71,167,839 $73,107,186
8 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $70,950,136 $71,831,945
9 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $68,533,840 $74,118,621
10 Iron Man 3 2013 $68,312,000 $69,161,021
11 Furious 7 2015 $67,300,000 $67,300,000
12 The Hunger Games 2012 $67,263,650 $69,096,606
13 The Dark Knight 2008 $67,165,092 $73,570,171
14 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $62,016,476 $68,172,912
15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $61,684,550 $66,711,187
16 Spider-Man 3 2007 $59,841,919 $68,062,860
17 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $58,175,412 $63,950,542
18 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $55,830,600 $65,313,876
19 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $55,139,942 $55,139,942
20 Iron Man 2 2010 $51,239,677 $55,415,167
21 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 $50,013,859 $60,393,290

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The $100 million opening for Transformers: Age of Extinction is disputed within the industry. According to Rentrak—which has a direct line into the vast majority of theaters in the United States and Canada to track actual ticket sales—about 4,100 of the 4,233 theaters playing the film generated $95.9 million. The projected total from the Rentrak sales data would put the opening three-day weekend gross at around $97.5 million. For Transformers to have crossed the $100 million threshold, it would have needed to gross more than the nation-wide average in the theaters not tracked by Rentrak. Some media outlets have elected to go with the Rentrak figure.[6][7]
  2. ^ Jaws held the opening weekend record until the release of its sequel but it lost the overall weekend record to Star Wars in 1977, which set a new weekend record in its eleventh weekend with a gross of $7,195,573.[8]
  3. ^ Every Which Way but Loose held the opening weekend record until the following year but it lost the overall weekend record on the last weekend in 1978 to Superman, which recorded a gross of $10,363,384 in its third weekend.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Worldwide Openings". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Opening Weekends". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Weekend Record Through the Years". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Top Single Day Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Fritz, Ben (June 30, 2014). "$100 Million Debate: 'Transformers' Debut Was Big, but How Big?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Busch, Anita (June 30, 2014). "Box Office: ‘Transformers’ Controversy Erupts As Paramount Stakes Claim To $100M Three-Day Gross, No One’s Buying It". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Star Wars (1977) – Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Star Wars (1977) – Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 

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