“Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull” took in close to $25 million for its first day of release in North America yesterday reports Deadline Hollywood Daily.
The number is extremely good, but not breaking the record set by “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” which took in $50 million for its opening Thursday.
Right now estimates are running the gamut from $140-$175 million for Indy’s first five days. Comparative figures with the best first five days of all time include ‘Sith’ with $172.8M, then “Spider-Man 3” with $169.4M, and finally “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” with $160.8M.
Reviews for the film remain positive with a 79% and 7.1/10 rating on Rotten Tomatoes, an a 66 score on Metacritic. In fact the critics are proving kinder than the audience with reactions deeply divided on assorted forums and message boards – some loving, some hating.
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The naysayers seem to be agreeing with most critics complaints about too much CG, and some of the sillier scenes like the ‘monkeys’ and ‘fridge’ sequences. More surprising however are a lot of reactions steeply against how unbelievable the film’s ending was compared with the other films.
It’s a confusing argument in some ways as ghost-filled arks, glowing stones, and cups of immortality are just as much pure fantasy. Plus they’ve pretty much run Judeo-Christian mythological relics into the ground already with this franchise, doing another like the Spear of Longinus seems somewhat redundant.
Still, one wonders if other mythological treasures or civilizations would’ve yielded as passionate reactions as the whole alien and mother ship angle seems to have done. The Golden Fleece, Excalibur, El Dorado or Atlantis – there’s still a lot of other magical mythical treasures that could’ve been used.