These days we can watch a movie on demand and stream from just about anywhere. There are so many streaming services, like Hulu and Netflix, that can literally put thousands of films at our fingertips. It’s awesome, but it hasn’t stopped people from going to the theaters.
When die-hard movie fans want to catch the newest film, they go on opening weekend. They want to make sure they know the story inside out before any of their friends accidentally spoil it for them. They also want the bragging rights.
You might be wondering which movies, had the most viewers on opening weekend. Here are the top five movies that had the biggest opening weekends of all time.
‘Avengers: Infinity War’
$257,698,183 Opening weekend Rotten Tomatoes 85%
Aside from its impressive visual effects and a great storyline, this movie made the top of the list because it shocked the audience. Most people didn’t go in expecting what they were about to see. Many people watched Avengers: Infinity War more than once in theaters on the opening weekend.
Critics were surprised to see the type of turnout they usually expect to see from Star Wars movies. Although this was another installment in the Marvel franchise, this movie turned out to be unlike the others. Something the fans blew up social media over.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
$247,966,675 opening weekend Rotten Tomatoes 92%
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit the theaters, people had been camped out for days. That’s not unusual for a Star Wars movie, but this one was a little different. Fans were excited to see what J.J. Abrams had in store for their beloved characters.
It turns out that he was able to resurrect the saga by incorporating more of the older elements fans wanted to see. This movie was more in line with the originals, but still kept some of the newer elements for the younger generation.
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
$220,009,584 Opening weekend Rotten Tomatoes 91%
Bringing Master Skywalker back into the fold, Star Wars: The Last Jedi helped bridge the original trilogy with the new episodes. It also gave us an interesting glimpse at what might be in store for the franchise.
Fans appreciated seeing some of the old characters interacting with the new ones. Despite conflict over how Luke Skywalker would be portrayed in this film, fans still place this one high on the list. Of course, if Mark Hamill says anything positive or negative about the character he made famous, people are going to want to go and see for themselves.
$208,806,270 Opening weekend Rotten Tomatoes 72%
It had been about 15 years since the last Jurassic film, so people were expecting Jurassic World to do good in its first weekend. After all, who doesn’t like a movie about dinosaurs, right? It turns out that this movie didn’t just do good, it shattered all expectations.
First, they brought in Chris Pratt which was a surprise. Then fans saw him in the movie and freaked out. He was just what the franchise needed to tone down some of the thrilling, and sometimes scary scenes. The storyline was on point and fans couldn’t wait for a sequel. This movie had a lot of the same heart-pounding elements as the first, Jurassic Park movie.
‘Marvel’s The Avengers’
$207,438,708 Opening weekend Rotten Tomatoes 92%
It wasn’t enough for the Marvels franchise to bring us great superhero movies, but then they threw all the characters together into one film. After watching the first two Iron Man’s, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America: The First Avenger, fans were all caught up on backstory. That got them prepared for The Avengers.
Not only did this movie change expectations on what a superhero film should look and feel like, but it also set up the franchise for even more movies. Now the Marvel Universe has crossed over from TV to movies, and back again.