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WEEKEND RECORDS THROUGH THE YEARS

A look at the record breakers of yore to show how the industry has evolved
(unadjusted for inflation).

DateMovie Title (click to view)StudioOpening / % of TotalTheaters / Avg.Release Gross
7/9/06 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Buena Vista $135,634,554 32.0% 4,133 $32,817 $423,315,812
5/6/12 Marvel's The Avengers Buena Vista $207,438,708 33.3% 4,349 $47,698 $623,357,910
6/18/89 Ghostbusters II Columbia $29,472,894 26.2% 2,410 $12,229 $112,494,738
7/23/78 Star Wars (re-issue) Fox $10,166,336 3.3% 1,750 $5,809 $307,263,857*
5/29/83 Return of the Jedi Fox $23,019,618 9.1% 1,002 $22,973 $252,583,617*
8/7/77 Star Wars (11th weekend) Fox $7,195,573 2.3% 1,044 $6,892 $307,263,857*
5/27/84 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Paramount $25,337,110 14.1% 1,687 $15,019 $179,870,271
5/24/87 Beverly Hills Cop II Paramount $26,348,555 17.1% 2,326 $11,327 $153,665,036
5/28/89 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Paramount $29,355,021 14.9% 2,327 $12,614 $197,171,806
6/6/82 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Paramount $14,347,221 18.2% 1,621 $8,850 $78,912,963
12/9/79 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Paramount $11,926,421 14.5% 857 $13,916 $82,258,456
5/5/02 Spider-Man Sony / Columbia $114,844,116 28.4% 3,615 $31,768 $403,706,375
5/6/07 Spider-Man 3 Sony / Columbia $151,116,516 44.9% 4,252 $35,540 $336,530,303
6/13/93 Jurassic Park Universal $47,026,828 13.2% 2,404 $19,561 $357,067,947*
6/22/75 Jaws Universal $7,061,513 2.7% 409 $17,265 $260,000,000
6/18/78 Jaws 2 Universal $9,866,023 12.7% 640 $15,415 $77,737,272*
5/25/97 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal $72,132,785 31.5% 3,281 $21,985 $229,086,679
12/24/78 Every Which Way But Loose Warner Bros. $10,272,294 12.1% 1,275 $8,056 $85,196,485
7/20/08 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $158,411,483 29.7% 4,366 $36,283 $533,345,358*
7/17/11 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Warner Bros. $169,189,427 44.4% 4,375 $38,672 $381,011,219
6/18/95 Batman Forever Warner Bros. $52,784,433 28.7% 2,842 $18,572 $184,031,112
6/21/81 Superman II Warner Bros. $14,100,523 13.0% 1,397 $10,093 $108,185,706
12/31/78 Superman (3rd weekend) Warner Bros. $10,363,384 7.7% 817 $12,684 $134,218,018
6/25/89 Batman Warner Bros. $40,489,746 16.1% 2,194 $18,454 $251,188,924
6/21/92 Batman Returns Warner Bros. $45,687,711 28.1% 2,644 $17,279 $162,831,698
11/18/01 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Warner Bros. $90,294,621 28.4% 3,672 $24,590 $317,575,550

CHART NOTES
* Indicates movie has multiple theatrical releases. Release gross shown does not include these additional releases, if applicable.
Highlighted rows, if any, indicate movie is currently in theatrical release.

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