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 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 $524,418,134
3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $483,189,427
4 Furious 7 2015 $397,627,459
5 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $394,022,354
6 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $392,538,708
7 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $392,471,109
8 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 $382,425,000
9 Spider-Man 3 2007 $381,660,892
10 Iron Man 3 2013 $372,553,677
11 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $350,653,677
12 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $343,972,864
13 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $340,667,634
14 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $332,715,157
15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $330,017,372
16 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 $303,949,700
17 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $302,138,390
18 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 2011 $291,022,261
19 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $274,939,137
20 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $273,897,634
21 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $272,150,927
22 X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 $262,866,321
23 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $250,000,534
24 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $248,887,295
25 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 2015 $247,158,007
26 Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 $242,360,418
27 Avatar 2009 $241,571,046
28 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $232,074,037
29 2012 2009 $230,470,474
30 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $228,893,465
31 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 $222,617,303
32 Iron Man 2 2010 $220,766,270
33 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $219,921,171
34 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 $218,430,064
35 The Hunger Games 2012 $211,785,747
36 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $210,101,023
37 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 $209,845,197
38 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 $207,197,367
39 War of the Worlds 2005 $203,061,125
40 Man of Steel 2013 $201,981,486
41 The Matrix Revolutions 2003 $201,390,000
42 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 $213,813,111
4 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $191,271,109 $191,271,109
5 Iron Man 3 2013 $174,144,585 $176,906,021
6 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $169,189,427 $177,974,263
7 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $160,887,295 $165,831,215
8 The Dark Knight 2008 $158,411,483 $174,105,727
9 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $158,074,286 $160,580,893
10 The Hunger Games 2012 $152,535,747 $157,223,032
11 Spider-Man 3 2007 $151,116,516 $172,458,601
12 Furious 7 2015 $147,187,040 $147,187,040
13 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $142,839,137 $157,550,660
14 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012 $141,067,634 $145,402,514
15 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $138,122,261 $145,293,994
16 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $135,634,554 $159,210,517
17 Iron Man 2 2010 $128,122,480 $139,032,345
18 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $125,017,372 $135,662,831
19 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $121,897,634 $121,846,229
20 Shrek the Third 2007 $121,629,270 $138,806,891
21 Man of Steel 2013 $116,619,362 $118,468,612
22 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $116,101,023 $125,987,239
23 Minions 2015 $115,718,405 $115,718,405
24 Spider-Man 2002 $114,844,116 $151,092,786
25 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $114,732,820 $130,936,460
26 Toy Story 3 2010 $110,307,189 $119,700,049
27 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $108,966,307 $120,189,144
28 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 $108,435,841 $131,383,075
29 Shrek 2 2004 $108,037,878 $135,351,894
30 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $102,750,665 $120,610,759
31 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 $102,685,961 $124,416,403
32 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015 $102,665,981 $102,665,981
33 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $100,137,835 $110,058,755
34 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $100,038,390[nb 1] $99,996,203

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 $31,054,062
1978 Jaws 2 $9,866,023 $35,794,535
1978 Star Wars (re-release) $10,166,336 $36,884,089
1978 Every Which Way but Loose[nb 3] $10,272,294 $37,268,512
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture $11,926,421 $38,885,273
1981 Superman II $14,100,523 $36,701,618
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan $14,347,221 $35,180,375
1983 Return of the Jedi $23,019,618 $54,691,782
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom $25,337,110 $57,710,503
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II $26,348,555 $54,881,246
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $29,355,021 $56,038,538
1989 Ghostbusters II $29,472,894 $56,263,557
1989 Batman $40,505,884 $77,325,461
1992 Batman Returns $45,687,711 $77,041,810
1993 Jurassic Park $47,026,828 $77,034,733
1995 Batman Forever $52,784,433 $81,972,069
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $72,132,785 $106,330,065
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $90,294,621 $120,669,996
2002 Spider-Man $114,844,116 $151,092,786
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $135,634,554 $159,210,517
2007 Spider-Man 3 $151,116,516 $172,458,601
2008 The Dark Knight $158,411,483 $174,105,727
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $169,189,427 $177,974,263
2012 Marvel's The Avengers $207,438,708 $213,813,111
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 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 $95,799,812
3 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $84,460,000 $84,460,000
4 Jurassic World 2015 $81,953,950 $81,953,950
5 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $80,517,000 $82,991,214
6 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $75,754,897 $78,082,776
7 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $72,703,754 $80,191,778
8 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $71,642,526 $75,362,426
9 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012 $71,167,839 $73,354,762
10 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $70,950,136 $72,075,202
11 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $68,533,840 $74,369,622
12 Iron Man 3 2013 $68,312,000 $69,395,233
13 Furious 7 2015 $67,300,000 $67,300,000
14 The Hunger Games 2012 $67,263,650 $69,330,601
15 The Dark Knight 2008 $67,165,092 $73,819,315
16 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $62,016,476 $68,403,779
17 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $61,684,550 $66,937,103
18 Spider-Man 3 2007 $59,841,919 $68,293,354
19 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $58,175,412 $64,167,109
20 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $55,830,600 $65,535,061
21 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $55,139,942 $55,116,689
22 Iron Man 2 2010 $51,239,677 $55,602,830
23 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 $50,013,859 $60,597,811

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 Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  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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