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 following the movie's release. 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 The Fate of the Furious 2017 $541,937,239
2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $528,966,675
3 Jurassic World 2015 $524,909,010
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $483,189,427
5 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $422,507,347
6 Furious 7 2015 $397,627,459
7 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $394,022,354
8 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $392,538,708
9 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $392,471,109
10 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 $382,425,000
11 Spider-Man 3 2007 $381,660,892
12 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $379,539,142
13 Iron Man 3 2013 $372,553,677
14 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $357,026,593
15 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $350,653,677
16 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $343,972,864
17 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $340,667,634
18 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $332,715,157
19 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $330,017,372
20 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 $303,949,700
21 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $302,138,390
22 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 2011 $291,022,261
23 Rogue One 2016 $290,049,210
24 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $274,939,137
25 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $273,897,634
26 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $272,150,927
27 Suicide Squad 2016 $266,982,248
28 Deadpool 2016 $264,711,361
29 X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 $262,866,321
30 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 $252,522,752
31 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $250,000,534
32 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $248,887,295
33 Logan 2017 $247,444,337
34 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 2015 $247,158,007
35 Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 $242,360,418
36 Avatar 2009 $241,571,046
37 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $232,074,037
38 2012 2009 $230,470,474
39 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $228,893,465
40 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 $222,617,303
41 Iron Man 2 2010 $220,766,270
42 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $219,921,171
43 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 2016 $219,903,387
44 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 $218,430,064
45 The Hunger Games 2012 $211,785,747
46 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $210,101,023
47 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 $209,845,197
48 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 $207,197,367
49 War of the Worlds 2005 $203,061,125
50 Man of Steel 2013 $201,981,486
51 The Matrix Revolutions 2003 $201,390,000
52 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[nb 1]
(2017 USD)
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $247,966,675 $250,542,771
2 Jurassic World 2015 $208,806,270 $210,975,534
3 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $207,438,708 $216,398,954
4 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $191,271,109 $193,258,202
5 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $179,139,142 $179,139,142
6 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $174,750,616 $174,750,616
7 Iron Man 3 2013 $174,144,585 $179,045,511
8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $169,189,427 $180,126,673
9 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $166,007,347 $166,007,347
10 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $160,887,295 $167,836,768
11 The Dark Knight 2008 $158,411,483 $176,211,351
12 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $158,074,286 $162,522,948
13 Rogue One 2016 $155,081,681 $155,081,681
14 The Hunger Games 2012 $152,535,747 $159,124,478
15 Spider-Man 3 2007 $151,116,516 $174,544,305
16 Furious 7 2015 $147,187,040 $148,716,149
17 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 $146,510,104 $146,510,104
18 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $142,839,137 $159,456,068
19 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012 $141,067,634 $147,161,003
20 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $138,122,261 $147,051,170
21 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $135,634,554 $161,136,000
22 Finding Dory 2016 $135,060,273 $135,060,273
23 Suicide Squad 2016 $133,682,248 $133,682,248
24 Deadpool 2016 $132,434,639 $132,434,639
25 Iron Man 2 2010 $128,122,480 $140,713,793
26 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $125,017,372 $137,303,529
27 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $121,897,634 $123,319,830
28 Shrek the Third 2007 $121,629,270 $140,485,613
29 Man of Steel 2013 $116,619,362 $119,901,364
30 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $116,101,023 $127,510,921
31 Minions 2015 $115,718,405 $116,920,590
32 Spider-Man 2002 $114,844,116 $152,920,093
33 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $114,732,820 $132,519,998
34 Toy Story 3 2010 $110,307,189 $121,147,694
35 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $108,966,307 $121,642,704
36 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 $108,435,841 $132,972,014
37 Shrek 2 2004 $108,037,878 $136,988,832
38 The Secret Life of Pets 2016 $104,352,905 $104,352,905
39 The Jungle Book 2016 $103,261,464 $103,261,464
40 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $102,750,665 $122,069,418
41 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 $102,685,961 $125,921,087
42 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015 $102,665,981 $103,732,566
43 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $100,137,835 $111,389,799
44 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $100,038,390[nb 2] $101,205,551

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[7] Inflation-adjusted[nb 1]
(2017 USD)
1975 Jaws[nb 3] $7,061,513 $31,429,628
1978 Jaws 2 $9,866,023 $36,227,432
1978 Star Wars (re-release) $10,166,336 $37,330,163
1978 Every Which Way but Loose[nb 4] $10,272,294 $37,719,235
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture $11,926,421 $39,355,549
1981 Superman II $14,100,523 $37,145,485
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan $14,347,221 $35,605,845
1983 Return of the Jedi $23,019,618 $55,353,221
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom $25,337,110 $58,408,450
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II $26,348,555 $55,544,977
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $29,355,021 $56,716,265
1989 Ghostbusters II $29,472,894 $56,944,005
1989 Batman $40,505,884 $78,260,630
1992 Batman Returns $45,687,711 $77,973,549
1993 Jurassic Park $47,026,828 $77,966,386
1995 Batman Forever $52,784,433 $82,963,434
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $72,132,785 $107,616,014
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $90,294,621 $122,129,372
2002 Spider-Man $114,844,116 $152,920,093
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $135,634,554 $161,136,000
2007 Spider-Man 3 $151,116,516 $174,544,305
2008 The Dark Knight $158,411,483 $176,211,351
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $169,189,427 $180,126,673
2012 Marvel's The Avengers $207,438,708 $216,398,954
2015 Jurassic World $208,806,270 $210,975,534
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $247,966,675 $250,542,771

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[10] Inflation-adjusted[nb 1]
(2017 USD)
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $119,119,282 $120,356,798
2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $91,071,119 $96,958,409
3 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $84,424,532 $85,301,608
4 Jurassic World 2015 $81,953,950 $82,805,360
5 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $81,558,505 $81,558,505
6 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $80,813,985 $84,304,718
7 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $75,754,897 $79,027,104
8 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $75,502,161 $75,502,161
9 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $72,703,754 $81,161,613
10 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011 $71,642,526 $76,273,855
11 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $71,167,839 $74,241,910
12 Rogue One 2016 $71,094,394 $71,094,394
13 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $70,950,136 $72,946,876
14 Iron Man 3 2013 $68,858,555 $70,796,431
15 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $68,533,840 $75,269,044
16 Furious 7 2015 $67,407,340 $68,107,627
17 The Hunger Games 2012 $67,263,650 $70,169,081
18 The Dark Knight 2008 $67,165,092 $74,712,081
19 Suicide Squad 2016 $64,893,248 $64,893,248
20 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $63,777,443 $63,777,443
21 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $62,016,476 $69,231,050
22 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $61,684,550 $67,746,636
23 Spider-Man 3 2007 $59,841,919 $69,119,289
24 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $58,175,412 $64,943,143
25 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 $56,078,520 $56,078,520
26 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $55,830,600 $66,327,638
27 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $55,139,942 $55,783,267
28 Finding Dory 2016 $54,746,405 $54,746,405
29 Iron Man 2 2010 $51,239,677 $56,275,287
30 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 $50,013,859 $61,330,677

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Inflation-adjusted numbers use the general consumer price index[3] and not average ticket prices[4] which would usually have adjusted to a higher number.
  2. ^ 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.[5][6]
  3. ^ 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]
  4. ^ 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 21 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Opening Weekends". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Adjusting for Movie Ticket Price Inflation". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Fritz, Ben (June 30, 2014). "$100 Million Debate: 'Transformers' Debut Was Big, but How Big?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Weekend Record Through the Years". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  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. 
  10. ^ "Top Single Day Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 

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