The return of “Indiana Jones” this weekend broke records across the domestic and global box-office.
‘Crystal Skull’ took in a four-day Memorial Day weekend haul of $126 million, making it the second biggest Memorial Day opening behind last year’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” with $139 million.
In it’s first five days, ‘Skull’ managed to rack up $151.1 million – the fifth highest first five-day gross of any film, and just $1 million shy of “Spider-Man 2”. It sadly failed to get near the top trio of “Star Wars: Episode III”, “Pirates 2” and “Spider-Man 3” which all took in around $170 million.
Despite an over 4,000 screen count, ‘Skull’ took in a whopping $29,586 per screen average – more than four times that of second place “Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” which with $28.6 million for the four-day weekend, had the steepest drop-off (48%) of any film in the Top Ten and looks unlikely to reach $200 million.
On the overseas front, “Skull” did stellar business with $160 million through Monday in its first weekend – making it the fifth biggest foreign opening weekend ever, just beating ‘Revenge of the Sith’. It sits only behind the most recent ‘Pirates,’ ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Harry Potter’ sequels along with 2006’s “The Da Vinci Code”.
The results come despite some very differing reactions amongst hardcore fans with a sizable amount of online reactions absolutely slamming the film – a surprising move as critics have generally praised the project. Despite the very vocal geek vitrol, the film showed strong day-by-day gains over the holiday which would indicate a healthy shelf life for the next few weeks.