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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 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. All figures are not adjusted for inflation and therefore a direct comparison of the films from different years cannot be made.

Rank Film Year Opening (USD)[1]
1 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $640,521,291
2 The Fate of the Furious 2017 $541,937,239
3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $528,966,675
4 Jurassic World 2015 $524,909,010
5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $483,189,427
6 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 $450,821,889
7 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $422,507,347
8 Furious 7 2015 $397,627,459
9 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $394,022,354
10 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $392,538,708
11 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $392,471,109
12 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 $382,425,000
13 Spider-Man 3 2007 $381,660,892
14 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $379,539,142
15 Iron Man 3 2013 $372,553,677
16 Black Panther 2018 $371,367,531
17 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $357,026,593
18 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $350,653,677
19 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $343,972,864
20 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $340,667,634
21 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $332,715,157
22 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $330,017,372
23 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 $303,949,700
24 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $302,138,390
25 Deadpool 2 2018 $300,386,357
26 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 2011 $291,022,261
27 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 $290,049,210
28 Justice League 2017 $278,842,239
29 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $274,939,137
30 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $273,897,634
31 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $272,150,927
32 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 2017 $271,809,637
33 Suicide Squad 2016 $266,982,248
34 Deadpool 2016 $264,711,361
35 X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 $262,866,321
36 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $256,535,853
37 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 $252,522,752
38 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $250,000,534
39 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $248,887,295
40 Logan 2017 $247,444,337
41 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 2015 $247,158,007
42 Transformers: The Last Knight 2017 $243,880,073
43 Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 $242,360,418
44 Avatar 2009 $241,571,046
45 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $232,074,037
46 Thor: Ragnarok 2017 $231,831,205
47 2012 2009 $230,470,474
48 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $228,893,465
49 Wonder Woman 2017 $228,251,471
50 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 $222,617,303
51 Iron Man 2 2010 $220,766,270
52 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $219,921,171
53 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016 $219,903,387
54 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 $218,430,064
55 The Hunger Games 2012 $211,785,747
56 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $210,101,023
57 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 $209,845,197
58 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 $207,197,367
59 War of the Worlds 2005 $203,061,125
60 Man of Steel 2013 $201,981,486
61 The Matrix Revolutions 2003 $201,390,000
62 Iron Man 2008 $201,174,140

Opening weekend record holders worldwide[edit]

Year Title Opening (USD in millions)[2]
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

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)[3]
Inflation-adjusted[nb 1]
(2018 USD)
1 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $257,698,183 $257,698,183
2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $247,966,675 $256,008,273
3 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 $220,009,584 $220,009,584
4 Jurassic World 2015 $208,806,270 $215,577,890
5 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $207,438,708 $221,119,620
6 Black Panther 2018 $202,003,951 $202,003,951
7 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $191,271,109 $197,474,061
8 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $179,139,142 $182,666,285
9 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $174,750,616 $174,750,616
10 Iron Man 3 2013 $174,144,585 $182,951,325
11 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $169,189,427 $184,056,072
12 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $166,007,347 $169,275,933
13 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $160,887,295 $171,498,067
14 The Dark Knight 2008 $158,411,483 $180,055,339
15 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $158,074,286 $166,068,328
16 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 $155,081,681 $158,135,147
17 The Hunger Games 2012 $152,535,747 $162,595,722
18 Spider-Man 3 2007 $151,116,516 $178,351,927
19 Furious 7 2015 $147,187,040 $151,960,339
20 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 $146,510,104 $146,510,104
21 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $142,839,137 $162,934,545
22 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $141,067,634 $150,371,268
23 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 2011 $138,122,261 $150,259,040
24 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $135,634,554 $164,651,124
25 Finding Dory 2016 $135,060,273 $137,719,530
26 Suicide Squad 2016 $133,682,248 $136,314,372
27 Deadpool 2016 $132,434,639 $135,042,198
28 Iron Man 2 2010 $128,122,480 $143,783,415
29 Deadpool 2 2018 $125,507,153 $125,507,153
30 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $125,017,372 $140,298,757
31 It 2017 $123,403,419 $123,403,419
32 Thor: Ragnarok 2017 $122,744,989 $122,744,989
33 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $121,897,634 $126,010,008
34 Shrek the Third 2007 $121,629,270 $143,550,257
35 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $117,027,503 $117,027,503
36 Man of Steel 2013 $116,619,362 $122,516,970
37 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $116,101,023 $130,292,526
38 Minions 2015 $115,718,405 $119,471,171
39 Spider-Man 2002 $114,844,116 $156,255,991
40 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $114,732,820 $135,410,874
41 Toy Story 3 2010 $110,307,189 $123,790,488
42 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $108,966,307 $124,296,296
43 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 $108,435,841 $135,872,751
44 Shrek 2 2004 $108,037,878 $139,977,194
45 The Secret Life of Pets 2016 $104,352,905 $106,407,552
46 The Jungle Book 2016 $103,261,464 $105,294,621
47 Wonder Woman 2017 $103,251,471 $103,251,471
48 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $102,750,665 $124,732,319
49 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 $102,685,961 $128,668,011
50 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 2015 $102,665,981 $105,995,455
51 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $100,137,835 $113,819,728
52 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 $100,038,390[nb 2] $103,413,315

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[8] Inflation-adjusted[nb 1]
(2018 USD)
1975 Jaws[nb 3] $7,061,513 $32,115,255
1978 Jaws 2 $9,866,023 $37,017,721
1978 Star Wars (re-release) $10,166,336 $38,144,508
1978 Every Which Way but Loose[nb 4] $10,272,294 $38,542,066
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture $11,926,421 $40,214,076
1981 Superman II $14,100,523 $37,955,800
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan $14,347,221 $36,382,574
1983 Return of the Jedi $23,019,618 $56,560,732
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom $25,337,110 $59,682,610
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II $26,348,555 $56,756,671
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $29,355,021 $57,953,510
1989 Ghostbusters II $29,472,894 $58,186,218
1989 Batman $40,505,884 $79,967,858
1992 Batman Returns $45,687,711 $79,674,514
1993 Jurassic Park $47,026,828 $79,667,195
1995 Batman Forever $52,784,433 $84,773,252
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $72,132,785 $109,963,620
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $90,294,621 $124,793,581
2002 Spider-Man $114,844,116 $156,255,991
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $135,634,554 $164,651,124
2007 Spider-Man 3 $151,116,516 $178,351,927
2008 The Dark Knight $158,411,483 $180,055,339
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $169,189,427 $184,056,072
2012 Marvel's The Avengers $207,438,708 $221,119,620
2015 Jurassic World $208,806,270 $215,577,890
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $247,966,675 $256,008,273
2018 Avengers: Infinity War $257,698,183 $257,698,183

Biggest opening day in the U.S. and Canada[edit]

A list of films that grossed in excess of $50 million from the first day of release and previews. Previews from midnight or the previous evening are included in the official opening day gross.

Largest opening day in the U.S. and Canada
Rank Movie name Year Opening day[13] Inflation-adjusted[nb 1]
(2018 USD)
Previews[14]
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $119,119,282 $122,982,339 $57,000,000
2 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $106,334,939 $106,334,939 $39,000,000
3 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 $104,684,491 $104,684,491 $45,000,000
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $91,071,119 $99,073,522 $43,500,000
5 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $84,424,532 $87,162,433 $27,600,000
6 Jurassic World 2015 $81,953,950 $84,611,729 $18,500,000
7 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $81,558,505 $83,164,344 $27,700,000
8 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $80,813,985 $86,143,796 $18,700,000
9 Black Panther 2018 $75,941,146 $75,941,146 $25,200,000
10 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $75,754,897 $80,751,053 $30,640,000
11 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $75,502,161 $76,988,754 $25,000,000
12 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $72,703,754 $82,932,125 $26,270,000
13 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 2011 $71,642,526 $77,937,742 $30,250,000
14 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $71,167,839 $75,861,471 $30,400,000
15 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 $71,094,394 $72,494,200 $29,000,000
16 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $70,950,136 $74,538,186 $25,250,000
17 Iron Man 3 2013 $68,858,555 $72,340,830 $15,600,000
18 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $68,533,840 $76,911,012 $30,100,000
19 Furious 7 2015 $67,407,340 $69,593,371 $15,800,000
20 The Hunger Games 2012 $67,263,650 $71,699,794 $19,735,000
21 The Dark Knight 2008 $67,165,092 $76,341,899 $18,500,000
22 Suicide Squad 2016 $64,893,248 $66,170,958 $20,500,000
23 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $63,777,443 $63,777,443 $16,300,000
24 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $62,016,476 $70,741,301 $16,800,000
25 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $61,684,550 $69,224,505 $24,000,000
26 Spider-Man 3 2007 $59,841,919 $70,627,102 $10,000,000
27 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $58,175,412 $66,359,854 $22,200,000
28 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 $56,078,520 $56,078,520 $17,000,000
29 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $55,830,600 $67,774,551 $9,000,000
30 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 $55,139,942 $57,000,159 $17,000,000
31 Finding Dory 2016 $54,746,405 $55,824,329 $9,200,000
32 Deadpool 2 2018 $53,034,421 $53,034,421 $18,600,000
33 Iron Man 2 2010 $51,239,677 $57,502,912 $7,500,000
34 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $50,780,982 $50,780,982 $15,400,000
35 It 2017 $50,425,786 $50,425,786 $13,500,000
36 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 $50,013,859 $62,668,584 $16,900,000

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Inflation-adjusted numbers use the general consumer price index[4] and not average ticket prices[5] 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.[6][7]
  3. ^ 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.[9] Current websites only record data for 731 screen with a gross of $6.8 million.[10] 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.[11]
  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.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Worldwide Openings". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Worldwide Openings". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Opening Weekends". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Adjusting for Movie Ticket Price Inflation". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  6. ^ Fritz, Ben (June 30, 2014). "$100 Million Debate: 'Transformers' Debut Was Big, but How Big?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ 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 Hollywood. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Weekend Record Through the Years". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Murphy, A.D. (21 June 1977). "'Deep' Opening a 52-year Col Peak at $8.1 mil". Variety. 
  10. ^ "The Deep (1977) – Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  11. ^ "Star Wars (1977) – Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Superman (1978) – Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 15 March 2018. 
  13. ^ "Top Single Day Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 
  14. ^ "Box Office Report - All-Time Preview Grosses". BoxOfficeReport. Retrieved 4 May 2018. 

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