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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 production and 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 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $528,966,675
2 Jurassic World 2015 $524,909,010
3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $483,189,427
4 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $422,507,347
5 Furious 7 2015 $397,627,459
6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $394,022,354
7 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $392,538,708
8 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $392,471,109
9 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 $382,425,000
10 Spider-Man 3 2007 $381,660,892
11 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $379,539,142
12 Iron Man 3 2013 $372,553,677
13 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $350,653,677
14 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $343,972,864
15 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $340,667,634
16 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $332,715,157
17 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $330,017,372
18 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 $303,949,700
19 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $302,138,390
20 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 2011 $291,022,261
21 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $274,939,137
22 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $273,897,634
23 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $272,150,927
24 Suicide Squad 2016 $266,982,248
25 Deadpool 2016 $264,711,361
26 X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 $262,866,321
27 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $250,000,534
28 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $248,887,295
29 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 2015 $247,158,007
30 Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 $242,360,418
31 Avatar 2009 $241,571,046
32 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $232,074,037
33 2012 2009 $230,470,474
34 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $228,893,465
35 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 $222,617,303
36 Iron Man 2 2010 $220,766,270
37 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $219,921,171
38 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 $218,430,064
39 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 2016 $218,300,000
40 The Hunger Games 2012 $211,785,747
41 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $210,101,023
42 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 $209,845,197
43 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 $207,197,367
44 War of the Worlds 2005 $203,061,125
45 Man of Steel 2013 $201,981,486
46 The Matrix Revolutions 2003 $201,390,000
47 Iron Man 2008 $201,174,140

Biggest opening weekends in the 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]
(2016 USD)
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $247,966,675 $247,966,675
2 Jurassic World 2015 $208,806,270 $208,806,270
3 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $207,438,708 $214,173,926
4 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $191,271,109 $191,271,109
5 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $179,139,142 $179,139,142
6 Iron Man 3 2013 $174,144,585 $177,204,554
7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $169,189,427 $178,274,599
8 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $166,007,347 $166,007,347
9 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $160,887,295 $166,111,060
10 The Dark Knight 2008 $158,411,483 $174,399,535
11 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $158,074,286 $160,851,877
12 The Hunger Games 2012 $152,535,747 $157,488,350
13 Spider-Man 3 2007 $151,116,516 $172,749,630
14 Furious 7 2015 $147,187,040 $147,187,040
15 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $142,839,137 $157,816,531
16 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012 $141,067,634 $145,647,885
17 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $138,122,261 $145,539,181
18 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $135,634,554 $159,479,189
19 Finding Dory 2016 $135,060,273 $135,060,273
20 Suicide Squad 2016 $133,682,248 $133,682,248
21 Deadpool 2016 $132,434,639 $132,434,639
22 Iron Man 2 2010 $128,122,480 $139,266,966
23 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $125,017,372 $135,891,766
24 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $121,897,634 $122,051,848
25 Shrek the Third 2007 $121,629,270 $139,041,131
26 Man of Steel 2013 $116,619,362 $118,668,531
27 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $116,101,023 $126,199,845
28 Minions 2015 $115,718,405 $115,718,405
29 Spider-Man 2002 $114,844,116 $151,347,759
30 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $114,732,820 $131,157,419
31 Toy Story 3 2010 $110,307,189 $119,902,046
32 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $108,966,307 $120,391,966
33 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 $108,435,841 $131,604,787
34 Shrek 2 2004 $108,037,878 $135,580,304
35 The Secret Life of Pets 2016 $104,352,905 $104,352,905
36 The Jungle Book 2016 $103,261,464 $103,261,464
37 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $102,750,665 $120,814,293
38 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 $102,685,961 $124,626,359
39 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015 $102,665,981 $102,665,981
40 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $100,137,835 $110,244,482
41 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $100,038,390[nb 1] $100,164,950

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[6] Inflation-adjusted[3]
(2016 USD)
1975 Jaws[nb 2] $7,061,513 $31,106,467
1978 Jaws 2 $9,866,023 $35,854,940
1978 Star Wars (re-release) $10,166,336 $36,946,332
1978 Every Which Way but Loose[nb 3] $10,272,294 $37,331,403
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture $11,926,421 $38,950,893
1981 Superman II $14,100,523 $36,763,552
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan $14,347,221 $35,239,743
1983 Return of the Jedi $23,019,618 $54,784,076
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom $25,337,110 $57,807,891
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II $26,348,555 $54,973,860
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $29,355,021 $56,133,105
1989 Ghostbusters II $29,472,894 $56,358,503
1989 Batman $40,505,884 $77,455,949
1992 Batman Returns $45,687,711 $77,171,820
1993 Jurassic Park $47,026,828 $77,164,731
1995 Batman Forever $52,784,433 $82,110,399
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $72,132,785 $106,509,500
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $90,294,621 $120,873,630
2002 Spider-Man $114,844,116 $151,347,759
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $135,634,554 $159,479,189
2007 Spider-Man 3 $151,116,516 $172,749,630
2008 The Dark Knight $158,411,483 $174,399,535
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $169,189,427 $178,274,599
2012 Marvel's The Avengers $207,438,708 $214,173,926
2015 Jurassic World $208,806,270 $208,806,270
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $247,966,675 $247,966,675

Biggest opening day in the 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[9] Inflation-adjusted[3]
(2016 USD)
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $119,119,282 $119,119,282
2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $91,071,119 $95,961,476
3 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $84,424,532 $84,424,532
4 Jurassic World 2015 $81,953,950 $81,953,950
5 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $81,558,505 $81,558,505
6 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $80,813,985 $83,437,892
7 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $75,754,897 $78,214,543
8 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $75,502,161 $75,502,161
9 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $72,703,754 $80,327,104
10 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $71,642,526 $75,489,602
11 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $71,167,839 $73,478,550
12 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $70,950,136 $72,196,831
13 Iron Man 3 2013 $68,858,555 $70,068,498
14 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $68,533,840 $74,495,123
15 Furious 7 2015 $67,407,340 $67,407,340
16 The Hunger Games 2012 $67,263,650 $69,447,598
17 The Dark Knight 2008 $67,165,092 $73,943,887
18 Suicide Squad 2016 $64,893,248 $64,893,248
19 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $62,016,476 $68,519,212
20 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $61,684,550 $67,050,061
21 Spider-Man 3 2007 $59,841,919 $68,408,600
22 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $58,175,412 $64,275,393
23 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $55,830,600 $65,645,653
24 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $55,139,942 $55,209,700
25 Finding Dory 2016 $54,746,405 $54,746,405
26 Iron Man 2 2010 $51,239,677 $55,696,661
27 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 $50,013,859 $60,700,071

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 nationwide average in the theaters not tracked by Rentrak. Some media outlets have elected to go with the Rentrak figure.[4][5]
  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.[7]
  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.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Worldwide Openings". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Opening Weekends". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  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. ^ "Weekend Record Through the Years". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Star Wars (1977) – Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Star Wars (1977) – Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Top Single Day Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 

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