Have you heard of this movie Avengers: Infinity War? It’s a little movie with a few stars you might have heard of. Just kidding. A lot of rumors surrounded the movie before its April 27, 2018, opening, but we know one thing is true: Avengers: Infinity War had a Marvel-ous opening weekend and earned the most money in history, ever.
We wondered which movies Infinity War unseated on its way to the No. 1 opening weekend of all time in North America. Thanks to information from Box Office Mojo, we know the answer. We’re about to discuss 19 other movies that had major opening weekends, including a series finale that changed superhero movies forever (page 9) and a lampooned superhero flick (page 10) that still raked in the money. Action!
20. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Opening weekend: $146.5 million
Opening date: May 5, 2017
Total box office: $389.8 million
Most sequels can hardly come close to matching the originals, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 might be one of the best Marvel movies out there. The fans seem to think so as Vol. 2 made $146 million the first weekend on the way to almost $390 million total.
Next: No superheroes and no sci-fi, but a massive opening weekend.
19. Furious 7
Opening weekend: $147.1 million
Opening date: April 3, 2015
Total box office: $353 million
Unlike most of the other movies we’ll see on our list, the Fast and Furious franchise isn’t sci-fi and it doesn’t have any superheroes. However, Furious 7 was still a box-office juggernaut that topped $147 million its first weekend and $350 million total.
Next: Not a hit with fans, but it still made a ton of money.
18. Spider-Man 3
Opening weekend: $151.1 million
Opening date: May 4, 2007
Total box office: $336.5 million
The third of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man movies isn’t a fan favorite just 51% of Rotten Tomatoes reviewers like it), but it’s similar to Avengers: Infinity War in that it’s a superhero movie with a huge opening weekend. It’s one of just two movies on our list released before 2010 (No. 14 overall is the other one), but its $151 million opening weekend remains one of the biggest ever.
Next: The first in a series was a smash hit.
17. The Hunger Games
Opening weekend: $152.5 million
Opening date: March 23, 2012
Total box office: $408 million
Our big screen introduction to Katniss Everdeen was a box office smash hit, and we can’t say we’re surprised. It was one of the first young adult book series movies to hit theaters, and it also gave us a YA movie with substance. Moviegoers agreed to the tune of more than $152 million the first weekend and $400 million overall.
Next: A one-off from a loved series is just as popular as the others.
16. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Opening weekend: $155 million
Opening date: Dec. 16, 2016
Total box office: $532.1 million
Rogue One is the first standalone movie in the Star Wars universe, and we’d say its box office success shows just how much moviegoers love that universe. It made $155 million the first weekend and topped $532 million in North America when it left theaters.
Next: A smash hit that detours from the direction our list is going.
15. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Opening weekend: $158 million
Opening date: Nov. 22, 2013
Total box office: $424.6 million
So far on our list, we’ve encountered some superhero movies starring men (and, spoiler alert, we will later on, too). We’re detouring from that direction with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a dystopian young-adult sci-fi movie starring Jennifer Lawrence. Even though it’s different from the other first-weekend box office-winning movies, it started with a big opening on the way to nearly $425 million at the box office.
Next: The crown jewel
14. The Dark Knight
Opening weekend: $158.4 million
Opening date: July 18, 2008
Total box office: $533.3 million
Many people say The Dark Knight is the best Batman movie ever made. It definitely has the box office numbers to back up that claim. It’s massive opening weekend set the stage for more than $530 million at the North American box office.
Next: The finale of a trilogy that changed superhero movies for good.
13. The Dark Knight Rises
Opening weekend: $160.8 million
Opening date: July 20, 2012
Total box office: $448.1 million
The third installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy enjoyed the best opening weekend of them all with close to $161 million. Its place in history with one of the biggest debuts ever is secure, as is the trilogy’s role in changing comic book movies forever.
Next: A lampooned superhero mashup is still a box office juggernaut.
12. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Opening weekend: $166 million
Opening date: March 25, 2016
Total box office: $330.3 million
Some people love this movie. A lot of people hate it. And a few sit in the middle admitting the movie got some things right. No matter if you’re a lover or a hater, Warner Bros. loved the massive opening weekend Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice enjoyed in 2016.
Next: The finale of a franchise that cast a spell on us.
11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Opening weekend box office: $169.1 million
Opening date: July 15, 2011
Total box office: $381 million
All eight of the Harry Potter movies opened with more than $75 million and three topped $100 million according to Box Office Mojo, but the series finale beat them all. Deathly Hallows Part 2 closed in on $170 million its first weekend and topped $380 million when it was all said and done.
Next: This franchise helped the start move on from money problems.
10. Iron Man 3
Opening weekend box office: $174.1 million
Opening date: May 3, 2013
Total box office: $409 million
At one time, Robert Downey Jr. was one of the biggest celebrity tax cheats ever, but those days are behind him. The first Iron Man movie got the Marvel Cinematic Universe started in 2008, and the third installment had one of the biggest box office weekends we’ve ever seen.
Next: Setting the live-action standard for this studio.
9. Beauty and the Beast
Opening weekend box office: $174.7 million
Opening date: March 17, 2017
Total box office: $504 million
Some people say Beauty and the Beast is Disney’s best live-action remake yet, and it’s hard to argue that point when you see the opening weekend numbers. The movie starring Emma Watson closed in on $175 million the first weekend and topped $500 million total.
Next: We think you’ll sense a theme as we count down our list.
8. Captain America: Civil War
Opening weekend box office: $179.1 million
Opening date: May 6, 2016
Total box office: $408 million
Marvel superhero movies have some of the biggest North American opening weekend’s of all time, and Captain America: Civil War is no exception. Its big start accounts for nearly 44% of the movie’s total box office figure.
Next: Keeping pace with its brethren
7. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Opening weekend box office: $191.2 million
Opening date: May 1, 2015
Total box office: $459 million
Just like Infinity War, the second Avengers movie, Age of Ultron, also had a stellar first weekend at the box office. It made more than $191 million, which helped it earn close to $460 million total in North America.
Next: Marvel has another 2018 winner.
6. Black Panther
Opening weekend box office: $202 million
Opening date: Feb. 16, 2018
Total box office: TBD
About two months before Avengers: Infinity War vaulted to No. 1, Black Panther enjoyed an outstanding opening weekend of its own with a little more than $202 million. By the end of April in 2018, its total earnings surpassed $688 million.
Next: This was the No. 1 opening weekend for a long time.
5. The Avengers
Opening weekend box office: $207.4 million
Opening date: May 4, 2012
Total box office: $623.3 million
This was the first flick that brought all your favorite superheroes together in one movie, and at one time it had the biggest opening weekend ever. The Avengers owned the top spot for more than three years, which is an eternity considering the rate movies get knocked out of the top spot these days.
Next: This movie represents a blast from the past, in a certain sense.
4. Jurassic World
Opening weekend box office: $208.8 million
Opening date: June 12, 2015
Total box office: $652.2 million
This 2015 reboot stars Chris Pratt and, in a nod to Earth’s ancient past, computer-animated dinosaurs. Jurassic World has a history of another kind: Having one of the biggest opening weekends ever.
Next: A big opening weekend got this movie off to a good start
3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Opening weekend box office: $220 million
Opening date: Dec. 15, 2017
Total box office: $620.1 million
Star Wars: The Last Jedi enjoyed a hot start with a $220 million opening weekend, and it carried the movie to a huge total box office number. The opening weekend accounts for about 35.5% of its total gross revenue.
Next: The former No. 1 movie with the biggest opening weekend.
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Opening weekend box office: $247.9 million
Opening date: Dec. 18, 2015
Total box office: $936.6 million
The first movie of the latest generation of Star Wars movies topped the list until Avengers: Infinity War came along. It’s No. 2 now, but we still think it’s impressive to open with nearly $248 million in one weekend.
Next: The new No. 1 on the list
1. Avengers: Infinity War
Opening weekend box office: $257.6 million
Opening date: April 27, 2018
Total box office: TBD
A number of movies that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe show up on our list, but Avengers: Infinity War had the biggest opening weekend of them all.
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