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What is notable about this list is that not many films released before the mid-to-late 1990s are on it. This is mainly because movies used to have small (by today's standards) opening weekends yet would go on to become blockbusters, whereas today, filmgoers tend to want to see the film when it first comes out, and for the most part, begin to lose interest in it after about its second weekend.

Perhaps the most important issue with this list is that it does not consider inflation whatsoever. For example, on the latter list, Return of the Jedi grossed about $23M on its opening weekend at 1983 pricing. However, using the consumer price index to adjust for inflation, the film grossed about $43M (2005 dollars), which would place it roughly halfway up this list. Due to the inherent instability of a monetary rating system, it could prove more accurate to rate films according by ticket sales rather than gross figures, but it definitely is more accurate to at least consider inflation.

Biggest worldwide openings

Main source: BoxOfficeMojo

Rank Film Year Opening Weekend (2010 USD)
1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $394,022,354
2 Spider-Man 3 2007 $381,660,892
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $343,972,864
4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $332,715,157
5 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 $303,949,700
6 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $272,150,927
7 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $250,000,534
8 Avatar 2009 $232,180,000
9 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $232,074,037
10 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 $207,197,367
11 War of the Worlds 2005 $203,061,125
12 The Matrix Revolutions 2003 $201,390,000
13 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $201,246,000
14 The Dark Knight 2008 $199,711,483
15 Transformers 2007 $191,659,373
16 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 $189,946,212
17 Spider-Man 2 2004 $189,364,483
18 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 $188,185,961
19 Hancock 2008 $182,000,001
20 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $182,270,554
21 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 2002 $179,269,285
22 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $179,012,790
23 The Simpsons Movie 2007 $170,890,984
24 The Matrix Reloaded 2003 $165,882,716
25 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009 $158,000,001
26 X2 2003 $154,829,031
27 The Day After Tomorrow 2004 $151,443,584
28 King Kong 2005 $149,181,645
29 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 $147,857,488

Note: The number of countries the film was released in during its opening weekend is listed. Most films don't open in all markets at once, but expand worldwide during a couple of weeks. These figures are not for opening weekends, but figures from the opening to the first Sunday as most films don't open worldwide on a Friday. Due to constantly changing exchange rates, overseas figures cannot be adjusted for inflation. Figures before the year 2002 are not available.

Biggest opening weekends in the U.S. and Canada

Main source: BoxOfficeMojo

Rank Film Year Opening Three Day Weekend Inflation-adjusted (2010 USD)
1 The Dark Knight 2008 $158,411,483 $160,181,444
2 Spider-Man 3 2007 $151,116,516 $158,639,475
3 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $142,839,137 $144,929,900
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $135,634,554 $146,444,864
5 Shrek the Third 2007 $121,629,270 $127,684,280
6 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $116,300,000 $118,002,305
7 Spider-Man 2002 $114,844,116 $138,887,205
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $114,732,820 $120,444,507
9 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $108,966,307 $110,561,267
10 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 $108,435,841 $120,822,151
11 Shrek 2 2004 $108,037,878 $124,443,135
12 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $102,750,665 $110,940,072
13 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 $102,685,961 $114,415,479
14 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $100,137,835 $101,256,693
15 Iron Man 2008 $98,618,668 $99,720,553
16 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 $93,687,367 $107,913,538
17 The Matrix Reloaded 2003 $91,774,413 $108,530,322
18 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 $90,294,621 $110,990,332
19 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 $88,357,488 $106,855,492
20 Spider-Man 2 2004 $88,156,227 $101,542,509
21 X2 2003 $85,558,731 $101,179,799
22 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009 $85,058,003 $86,303,013
23 The Passion of the Christ 2004 $83,848,082 $96,580,184
24 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 2002 $80,027,814 $96,781,967
25 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $77,835,727 $78,975,023
26 I Am Legend 2007 $77,211,321 $81,055,094
27 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $77,108,414 $80,947,064
28 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $77,073,388 $83,216,271
29 Avatar 2009 $77,025,481 $78,152,917
30 Star Trek 2009 $75,204,289 $76,305,068
31 The Simpsons Movie 2007 $74,036,787 $77,722,524
32 Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 $73,071,188 $88,368,942
33 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $72,629,713 $85,890,238
34 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 $72,132,785 $97,757,327
35 Fast and Furious 2009 $70,950,500 $71,989,016
36 300 2007 $70,885,301 $74,414,149
37 Transformers 2007 $70,502,384 $74,012,169
38 The Incredibles 2004 $70,467,623 $81,167,939
39 Finding Nemo 2003 $70,251,710 $83,078,066
40 Twilight 2008 $69,637,740 $70,415,815
41 The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 $69,283,690 $72,732,806
42 The Day After Tomorrow 2004 $68,743,584 $79,182,109
43 Planet of the Apes 2001 $68,532,960 $84,240,854
44 The Mummy Returns 2001 $68,139,035 $83,756,641
45 Up 2009 $68,108,790 $69,105,711
46 Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 $68,033,544 $73,455,936
47 Bruce Almighty 2003 $67,953,330 $80,360,054
48 Quantum of Solace 2008 $67,528,882 $68,283,395
49 Rush Hour 2 2001 $67,408,222 $82,858,324
50 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 $65,556,312 $73,044,619
51 2012 2009 $65,237,614 $66,192,509
52 War of the Worlds 2005 $64,878,725 $72,289,633
53 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 1999 $64,820,970 $84,627,017
54 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 $63,106,589 $63,811,691
55 WALL-E 2008 $63,087,526 $63,792,415
56 Hancock 2008 $62,603,879 $63,303,364
57 Monsters, Inc. 2001 $62,577,067 $76,919,858
58 Hulk 2003 $62,128,420 $73,471,649
59 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 $62,007,528 $74,989,059
60 Kung Fu Panda 2008 $60,239,130 $60,912,193
61 Cars 2006 $60,119,509 $64,911,138
62 Signs 2002 $60,117,080 $72,702,838

Opening weekend record holders in U.S. and Canada

These are the films that, when first released, set the opening weekend record.

Year Title Studio Opening weekend Inflation-adjusted (2010 USD)
1975 Jaws Universal Studios $7,061,513 $28,543,932
1977 Star Wars 20th Century Fox $7,195,573 $25,832,702
1978 Jaws 2 Universal Studios $9,866,023 $32,900,208
1978 Every Which Way But Loose Warner Bros. $10,272,294 $34,254,999
1978 Superman Warner Bros. $10,363,384 $34,558,756
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Paramount Pictures $11,926,421 $35,746,347
1981 Superman II Warner Bros. $14,100,523 $33,729,445
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Paramount Pictures $14,347,221 $32,337,078
1983 Return of the Jedi 20th Century Fox $23,019,618 $50,266,699
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Paramount Pictures $25,337,110 $53,068,662
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II Paramount Pictures $26,348,555 $50,436,893
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Paramount Pictures $29,355,021 $51,515,571
1989 Ghostbusters II Columbia Pictures $29,472,894 $51,722,429
1989 Batman Warner Bros. $40,505,884 $71,084,390
1992 Batman Returns Warner Bros. $45,687,711 $70,830,627
1993 Jurassic Park Universal Studios $47,026,828 $70,817,382
1995 Batman Forever Warner Bros. $52,784,433 $75,343,563
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal Studios $72,132,785 $97,757,327
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Warner Bros. $90,294,621 $110,990,332
2002 Spider-Man Columbia Pictures $114,844,116 $138,887,205
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Walt Disney Pictures $135,634,554 $146,444,864
2007 Spider-Man 3 Columbia Pictures $151,116,516 $158,639,475
2008 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $158,411,483 $160,181,444
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