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. Jaws, the first "summer blockbuster", introduced the screen saturation strategy.

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 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $394,022,354
3 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $392,538,708
4 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 $382,425,000
5 Spider-Man 3 2007 $381,660,892
6 Iron Man 3 2013 $372,553,677
7 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $350,653,677
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $343,972,864
9 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012 $340,667,634
10 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $332,715,157
11 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $330,017,372
12 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 $303,949,700
13 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $302,138,390
14 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $291,022,261
15 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $274,939,137
16 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $272,150,927
17 X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 $262,866,321
18 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $250,000,534
19 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $248,887,295
20 Avatar 2009 $241,571,046
21 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $232,074,037
22 2012 2009 $230,470,474
23 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $228,893,465
24 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 $222,617,303
25 Iron Man 2 2010 $220,766,270
26 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $219,921,171
27 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 $218,430,064
28 The Hunger Games 2012 $211,785,747
29 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $210,101,023
30 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 $207,197,367
31 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 $204,845,197
32 War of the Worlds 2005 $203,061,125
33 Man of Steel 2013 $201,981,486
34 The Matrix Revolutions 2003 $201,390,000
35 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]
(2014 USD)
1 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $207,438,708 $213,091,480
2 Iron Man 3 2013 $174,144,585 $176,308,953
3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $169,189,427 $177,373,590
4 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $160,887,295 $165,271,526
5 The Dark Knight 2008 $158,411,483 $173,518,111
6 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $158,074,286 $160,038,924
7 The Hunger Games 2012 $152,535,747 $156,692,396
8 Spider-Man 3 2007 $151,116,516 $171,876,545
9 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $142,839,137 $157,018,918
10 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012 $141,067,634 $144,911,773
11 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $138,122,261 $144,803,619
12 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $135,634,554 $158,673,173
13 Iron Man 2 2010 $128,122,480 $138,563,103
14 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $125,017,372 $135,204,962
15 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $123,000,000 (est.) $123,000,000
16 Shrek the Third 2007 $121,629,270 $138,338,411
17 Man of Steel 2013 $116,619,362 $118,068,774
18 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $116,101,023 $125,562,025
19 Spider-Man 2002 $114,844,116 $150,582,840
20 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $114,732,820 $130,494,543
21 Toy Story 3 2010 $110,307,189 $119,296,055
22 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $108,966,307 $119,783,499
23 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 $108,435,841 $130,939,650
24 Shrek 2 2004 $108,037,878 $134,895,074
25 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $102,750,665 $120,203,691
26 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 $102,685,961 $123,996,491
27 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $100,137,835 $109,687,301
28 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 weekend record after going into wide release.

Year Title Opening weekend Inflation-adjusted[3]
(2014 USD)
1975 Jaws $7,061,513 $30,949,253
1977 Star Wars $7,195,573 (fourth weekend) $28,003,858
1978 Jaws 2 $9,866,023 $35,673,727
1978 Every Which Way but Loose $10,272,294 $37,142,728
1978 Superman $10,363,384 (third weekend) $37,472,093
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[6] Inflation-adjusted[3]
(2014 USD)
1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $91,071,119 $95,476,482
2 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $80,517,000 $82,711,115
3 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $75,754,897 $77,819,243
4 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $72,703,754 $79,921,127
5 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $71,642,526 $75,108,074
6 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012 $71,167,839 $73,107,186
7 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $70,950,136 $71,831,945
8 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $68,533,840 $74,118,621
9 Iron Man 3 2013 $68,312,000 $69,161,021
10 The Hunger Games 2012 $67,263,650 $69,096,606
11 The Dark Knight 2008 $67,165,092 $73,570,171
12 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $62,016,476 $68,172,912
13 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $61,684,550 $66,711,187
14 Spider-Man 3 2007 $59,841,919 $68,062,860
15 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $58,175,412 $63,950,542
16 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $55,830,600 $65,313,876
17 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $55,000,000 (est.) $55,000,000
18 Iron Man 2 2010 $51,239,677 $55,415,167
19 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.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Worldwide Openings". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Opening Weekends". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Fritz, Ben (June 30, 2014). "$100 Million Debate: 'Transformers' Debut Was Big, but How Big?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Top Single Day Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 

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