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How the First Tent-Pole-Style Picture of Each Summer Opened
1982-Present

RowYearTitleStudioOpening% of TotalTheaters / Avg.Lifetime GrossRelease
1 2012 Marvel's The Avengers BV $207,438,708 33.3% 4,349 $47,698 $623,357,910 5/4/12
2 2013 Iron Man 3 BV $174,144,585 42.6% 4,253 $40,946 $409,013,994 5/3/13
3 2002 Spider-Man Sony $114,844,116 28.4% 3,615 $31,768 $403,706,375 5/3/02
4 2007 Spider-Man 3 Sony $151,116,516 44.9% 4,252 $35,540 $336,530,303 5/4/07
5 2008 Iron Man Par. $98,618,668 31.0% 4,105 $24,024 $318,412,101 5/2/08
6 2010 Iron Man 2 Par. $128,122,480 41.0% 4,380 $29,252 $312,433,331 5/7/10
7 1996 Twister WB $41,059,405 17.0% 2,414 $17,008 $241,721,524 5/10/96
8 2003 X2: X-Men United Fox $85,558,731 39.8% 3,741 $22,870 $214,949,694 5/2/03
9 2001 The Mummy Returns Uni. $68,139,035 33.7% 3,401 $20,035 $202,019,785 5/4/01
10 2000 Gladiator DW $34,819,017 18.5% 2,938 $11,851 $187,705,427 5/5/00
11 2011 Thor Par. $65,723,338 36.3% 3,955 $16,618 $181,030,624 5/6/11
12 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Fox $85,058,003 47.3% 4,099 $20,751 $179,883,157 5/1/09
13 1986 Top Gun Par. $8,193,052 4.6% 1,028 $7,969 $179,800,601 5/16/86
14 1999 The Mummy Uni. $43,369,635 27.9% 3,210 $13,510 $155,385,488 5/7/99
15 1985 Rambo: First Blood Part II TriS $20,176,217 13.4% 2,074 $9,728 $150,415,432 5/22/85
16 1992 Lethal Weapon 3 WB $33,243,086 23.0% 2,510 $13,244 $144,731,527 5/15/92
17 1998 Deep Impact Par. $41,152,375 29.3% 3,156 $13,039 $140,464,664 5/8/98
18 2006 Mission: Impossible III Par. $47,743,273 35.6% 4,054 $11,776 $134,029,801 5/5/06
19 2004 Van Helsing Uni. $51,748,040 43.1% 3,575 $14,474 $120,177,084 5/7/04
20 1994 Maverick WB $17,248,545 17.0% 2,537 $6,798 $101,631,272 5/20/94
21 1995 Crimson Tide BV $18,612,190 20.4% 2,382 $7,813 $91,387,195 5/12/95
22 1990 Back to the Future Part III Uni. $19,089,645 21.8% 2,019 $9,455 $87,727,583 5/25/90
23 1993 Cliffhanger TriS $16,176,967 19.2% 2,333 $6,933 $84,049,211 5/28/93
24 1991 Backdraft Uni. $12,686,200 16.3% 1,852 $6,850 $77,868,585 5/24/91
25 1997 The Fifth Element Sony $17,031,345 26.7% 2,500 $6,812 $63,820,180 5/9/97
26 1988 Willow MGM $8,300,169 14.5% 1,024 $8,105 $57,269,863 5/20/88
27 2005 Kingdom of Heaven Fox $19,635,996 41.4% 3,216 $6,105 $47,398,413 5/6/05
28 1982 Conan the Barbarian Uni. $9,603,139 24.3% 1,395 $6,883 $39,565,475 5/14/82

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