'Attack of the Clones' First Week: $134,869,203
by Brandon Gray
May 23, 2002
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones pulled in $6,536,835 on Wednesday, lifting its seven-day total to $134,869,203. That's the second highest grossing week ever behind Spider-Man's $151,622,504, although it's not light years ahead of the last Star Wars picture, 1999's The Phantom Menace.
The Phantom Menace generated $124,723,854 in its first week, which was itself a new weekly record at the time. Ticket prices, though, averaged about $5.08 then and have jumped over 12% since to about $5.71. Adjusting for inflation would put Menace's first week at $140 million today.
Menace's comparable Wednesday—and eighth day of release—came in at $7,751,876, 18.6% better than Clones' even without taking inflation into account.
Still, Clones's first week tally is enough to rank it No. 127 on the all time chart, up 10 spots since Tuesday. By the end of Thursday, it should hit around $141 million and leap another 15 places or more.
Though Phantom Menace added 53 theaters on Memorial Day weekend for a total of 3,023, 20th Century Fox will keep Clones at 3,161.