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 on record[edit]

This list charts films the 50 biggest worldwide openings. 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 following the movie's release. Figures prior to the year 2002 are not available. Country-by-country variations in release dates are not taken into account.

Rank Film Year Opening (USD)[1]
1 Avengers: Endgame 2019 $1,223,641,414
2 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $640,521,291
3 The Fate of the Furious 2017 $541,937,239
4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $528,966,675
5 Jurassic World 2015 $525,504,128
6 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $483,189,427
7 Captain Marvel 2019 $456,718,598
8 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 $450,821,889
9 Detective Chinatown 3 2021 $424,000,000[2]
10 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $422,507,347
11 Furious 7 2015 $397,627,459
12 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $394,022,354
13 The Avengers 2012 $392,538,708
14 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $392,471,109
15 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 $382,425,000
16 Spider-Man 3 2007 $381,660,892
17 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $379,539,142
18 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 2019 $376,150,780
19 Iron Man 3 2013 $372,553,677
20 Black Panther 2018 $371,367,531
21 Frozen II 2019 $358,503,293
22 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $357,026,593
23 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $350,653,677
24 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $343,972,864
25 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $340,667,634
26 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $332,715,157
27 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $330,017,372
28 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 $303,949,700
29 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $302,138,390
30 Deadpool 2 2018 $300,386,357
31 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 2018 $298,924,610
32 Spider-Man: Far From Home 2019 $295,800,000
33 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 2011 $291,022,261
34 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 $290,049,210
35 Justice League 2017 $278,842,239
36 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $274,939,137
37 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $273,897,634
38 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $272,150,927
39 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 2017 $271,809,637
40 Suicide Squad 2016 $266,982,248
41 Deadpool 2016 $264,711,361
42 X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 $262,866,321
43 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $256,535,853
44 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 2018 $253,663,104
45 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 $252,522,752
46 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $250,000,534
47 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $248,887,295
48 Joker 2019 $248,402,337
49 Logan 2017 $247,444,337
50 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 2015 $247,158,007

Opening weekend record holders worldwide[edit]

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

Year Title Opening (USD in millions)[3]
2002 Spider-Man $125.9
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $179.3
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $189.9
2003 The Matrix Revolutions $201.4
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $250.0
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $303.9
2007 Spider-Man 3 $381.7
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $394.0
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $483.2
2015 Jurassic World $525.5
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $529.0
2017 The Fate of the Furious $541.9
2018 Avengers: Infinity War $640.5
2019 Avengers: Endgame $1,223.6

Biggest opening weekends in a single territory[edit]

A list of 50 biggest opening weekends for films. Box office between the first Friday and first Sunday of release (and including Thursday previews). The United States and Canada are treated as a single box office territory in the film industry.[4] The only other territory in the list is China.

Rank Film Year Opening Weekend
(three day)[5]
Territory
1 Detective Chinatown 3 2021 $424,000,000[6][7] China
2 Avengers: Endgame 2019 $357,115,007 United States and Canada
3 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $257,698,183 United States and Canada
4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $247,966,675 United States and Canada
5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 $220,009,584 United States and Canada
6 Jurassic World 2015 $208,806,270 United States and Canada
7 The Avengers 2012 $207,438,708 United States and Canada
8 Black Panther 2018 $202,003,951 United States and Canada
9 The Lion King 2019 $191,770,759 United States and Canada
10 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $191,271,109 United States and Canada
11 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $191,034,859[8] China
12 Monster Hunt 2 2018 $187,908,839[9] China
13 The Fate of the Furious 2017 $184,908,284[10] China
14 Incredibles 2 2018 $182,687,905 United States and Canada
15 Furious 7 2015 $182,400,000[11] China
16 The Wandering Earth 2019 $179,892,945[12] China
17 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $179,139,142 United States and Canada
18 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 2019 $177,383,864 United States and Canada
19 Avengers: Endgame 2019 $175,961,330[13] China
20 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $174,750,616 United States and Canada
21 Iron Man 3 2013 $174,144,585 United States and Canada
22 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $169,189,427 United States and Canada
23 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $166,007,347 United States and Canada
24 Hi, Mom 2021 $161,000,000[14] China
25 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $160,887,295 United States and Canada
26 The Dark Knight 2008 $158,411,483 United States and Canada
27 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $158,074,286 United States and Canada
28 My People, My Homeland 2020 $157,500,000[15] China
29 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $155,750,000[16] China
30 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 $155,081,681 United States and Canada
31 Detective Chinatown 2 2018 $154,628,274[9] China
32 Captain Marvel 2019 $153,433,423 United States and Canada
33 The Hunger Games 2012 $152,535,747 United States and Canada
34 Dying to Survive 2018 $152,163,428[17] China
35 Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification 2020 $151,700,000 [18] China
36 Spider-Man 3 2007 $151,116,516 United States and Canada
37 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 2018 $148,024,610 United States and Canada
38 Furious 7 2015 $147,187,040 United States and Canada
39 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 $146,510,104 United States and Canada
40 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $142,839,137 United States and Canada
41 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $141,067,634 United States and Canada
42 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 2011 $138,122,261 United States and Canada
43 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $135,634,554 United States and Canada
44 Finding Dory 2016 $135,060,273 United States and Canada
45 Suicide Squad 2016 $133,682,248 United States and Canada
46 Deadpool 2016 $132,434,639 United States and Canada
47 Hello Mr. Billionaire 2018 $132,218,778[19] China
48 Wolf Warrior 2 2017 $131,773,219[20] China
49 Frozen II 2019 $130,263,358 United States and Canada
50 Iron Man 2 2010 $128,122,480 United States and Canada

Opening weekend record holders in a single territory[edit]

These are the films that, when first released, set the opening three-day weekend record, defined as between the first Friday and first Sunday of release (and including Thursday previews). The United States and Canada are treated as a single box office territory in the film industry.[4]

Year Title Opening weekend[21] Territory
1975 Jaws[nb 1] $7,061,513 United States and Canada
1978 Jaws 2 $9,866,023 United States and Canada
1978 Star Wars (re-release) $10,166,336 United States and Canada
1978 Every Which Way but Loose[nb 2] $10,272,294 United States and Canada
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture $11,926,421 United States and Canada
1981 Superman II $14,100,523 United States and Canada
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan $14,347,221 United States and Canada
1983 Return of the Jedi $23,019,618 United States and Canada
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom $25,337,110 United States and Canada
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II $26,348,555 United States and Canada
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $29,355,021 United States and Canada
1989 Ghostbusters II $29,472,894 United States and Canada
1989 Batman $40,505,884 United States and Canada
1992 Batman Returns $45,687,711 United States and Canada
1993 Jurassic Park $47,026,828 United States and Canada
1995 Batman Forever $52,784,433 United States and Canada
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $72,132,785 United States and Canada
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $90,294,621 United States and Canada
2002 Spider-Man $114,844,116 United States and Canada
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $135,634,554 United States and Canada
2007 Spider-Man 3 $151,116,516 United States and Canada
2008 The Dark Knight $158,411,483 United States and Canada
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $169,189,427 United States and Canada
2012 The Avengers $207,438,708 United States and Canada
2015 Jurassic World $208,806,270 United States and Canada
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $247,966,675 United States and Canada
2018 Avengers: Infinity War $257,698,183 United States and Canada
2019 Avengers: Endgame $357,115,007 United States and Canada
2021 Detective Chinatown 3 $424,000,000[26] China

Biggest opening day in a single territory[edit]

A list of the 50 biggest opening days of release, including previews from midnight or the previous evening. The United States and Canada are treated as a single box office territory in the film industry.[4]

Rank Movie name Year Opening day[27][28] Territory
1 Detective Chinatown 3 2021 $162,264,500 [29] China
2 Avengers: Endgame 2019 $157,461,641 United States and Canada
3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $119,119,282 United States and Canada
4 Avengers: Endgame 2019 $107,200,000[30][31] China
5 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $106,334,939 United States and Canada
6 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 $104,684,491 United States and Canada
7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $91,071,119 United States and Canada
8 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 2019 $89,615,288 United States and Canada
9 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $84,424,532 United States and Canada
10 Monster Hunt 2 2018 $82,655,683[28] China
11 Jurassic World 2015 $81,953,950 United States and Canada
12 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $81,558,505 United States and Canada
13 The Avengers 2012 $80,813,985 United States and Canada
14 The Lion King 2019 $77,930,758 United States and Canada
15 Black Panther 2018 $75,941,146 United States and Canada
16 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $75,754,897 United States and Canada
17 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $75,502,161 United States and Canada
18 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $72,703,754 United States and Canada
19 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 2011 $71,642,526 United States and Canada
20 Incredibles 2 2018 $71,260,321 United States and Canada
21 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $71,167,839 United States and Canada
22 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 $71,094,394 United States and Canada
23 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $70,950,136 United States and Canada
24 Iron Man 3 2013 $68,858,555 United States and Canada
25 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $68,533,840 United States and Canada
26 Furious 7 2015 $67,407,340 United States and Canada
27 The Hunger Games 2012 $67,263,650 United States and Canada
28 The Dark Knight 2008 $67,165,092 United States and Canada
29 Suicide Squad 2016 $64,893,248 United States and Canada
30 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $63,777,443 United States and Canada
31 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $62,016,476 United States and Canada
32 Captain Marvel 2019 $61,715,051 United States and Canada
33 The Fate of the Furious 2017 $61,710,659[28] China
34 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $61,684,550 United States and Canada
35 Crazy Alien 2019 $58,896,416[28] China
36 Spider-Man 3 2007 $59,841,919 United States and Canada
37 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 2018 $58,566,870 United States and Canada
38 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $58,535,369[28] China
39 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $58,175,412 United States and Canada
40 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 $56,078,520 United States and Canada
41 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $55,830,600 United States and Canada
42 Furious 7 2015 $55,616,218[28] China
43 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $55,139,942 United States and Canada
44 Finding Dory 2016 $54,746,405 United States and Canada
45 Deadpool 2 2018 $53,034,421 United States and Canada
46 Jiang Ziya 2020 $52,820,000 [32] China
47 Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back 2017 $52,614,369[28] China
48 Detective Chinatown 2 2018 $51,505,441[28] China
49 Iron Man 2 2010 $51,239,677 United States and Canada
50 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $50,780,982 United States and Canada

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ According to a contemporaneous report, The Deep opened to $8,124,316 on 800 screens on the weekend of June 17, 1977 beating the record set by Jaws.[22] Current websites only record data for 731 screen with a gross of $6.8 million.[23] Using the lower figure for The Deep, Jaws lost the overall weekend record to Star Wars in 1977 with a gross of $7,195,573 in its eleventh weekend.[24]
  2. ^ 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.[25]

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