'Sith' Snares Estimated $35M on Friday

by Brandon Gray
May 21, 2005

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith raked in an estimated $35 million on Friday, down about 30 percent in its second day of release. By comparison, the previous prequel, Attack of the Clones, made $24.4 million on its first Friday, off 19 percent, while the first prequel, The Phantom Menace, made $18.5 million.

George Lucas' final prequel has amassed around $85 million in two days, which, if estimates hold, would inch past Spider-Man's $83.0 million as the biggest two-day haul on record. It is already the fourth highest grossing picture of 2005 and could unseat Hitch as the No. 1 movie by the end of its first week.

At its current rate, Revenge of the Sith will likely earn over $100 million this weekend, putting it in the same galaxy as Spider-Man's $114.8 million and Shrek 2's $108.0 million opening weekends. Attack of the Clones' first weekend came in at $80.0 million, and The Phantom Menace's was $64.8 million.

Revenge of the Sith's total will storm past $100 million today, which would tie Spider-Man and The Matrix Reloaded as the fastest movies to cross the hundred million mark. Spider-Man went on to gross $403.7 million, while The Matrix Reloaded closed with $281.6 million. Attack of the Clones reached the $100 million milestone in four days, while The Phantom Menace took five.

By Sunday, Revenge of the Sith should set the four-day record with over $150 million in the till. The previous benchmark was The Matrix Reloaded's $134.3 million.

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