The Top 5 Memorial Day Opening Weekends Of All Time
It’s strange to say “Happy Memorial Day weekend,” considering the serious holiday. But it is known to be a big weekend for movie openings, and it’s been a pretty happy weekend so far for . The 2019 remake topped the weekend box office and, depending on how things go tomorrow (Monday, May 27), it has a strong chance of joining the list of Top 4-Day Memorial Day Weekends.
has already cracked the top 10 Memorial Day weekend openings just from three days, but does it have a chance at the top 5? Here are the current top five, with this list just covering the domestic box office from the four-day Memorial Day weekend openings in their respective years:
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Opening weekend: $139,802,190
The third film in the franchise came out May 25, 2007 and really broke the bank, at least at first. This is the most a film has made over Memorial Day weekend to date. Critics were harsh on , but fans embraced it with scores/grades and money. When all was said and done, it’s total domestic and foreign gross was $963,420,425. That’s certainly impressive, but it still placed it third on the list of movies, behind and , which both cracked $1 billion worldwide.
2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Opening weekend: $126,917,373
There were high hopes and expectations for the fourth movie, which opened May 22, 2008. The movie was met with mixed reviews, and ultimately made $786,636,033 worldwide. There are more measured hopes, I’d say, for , which is taking forever to get off the ground. But better to take the time to get it right than rush, I suppose.
3. X-Men: The Last Stand
Opening weekend: $122,861,157
As you can see, sequels rule when it comes to Memorial Day weekend. Once you’ve successfully launched a franchise, you can use the holiday weekend to serve eager fans the sequels. was the third movie in the film series, directly following . It came out in May 26, 2006 and faced mixed reviews — which happens a lot when expectations are high. Ultimately, it made $459,359,555 total worldwide.
4. Fast & Furious 6
Opening weekend: $117,036,995
opened on May 24, 2013 to strong reviews. The first four movies in the franchise weren’t embraced by critics, but it helped that came off the heels of , which got even better reviews and was credited with injecting new life into the franchise. Worldwide, made $788,679,850, which puts it third overall behind and (aka ).
5. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Opening weekend: $110,576,604
Yep, another . If we kept going, you’d see on this list at #11 too. If it ain’t broke, don’t veer from the Memorial Day opening. is coming in a couple of weeks, but apparently it wasn’t up to the challenge of Memorial Day 2019. came out May 23, 2014 as the sequel to . It ended up making $747,862,775 worldwide, which places it third on the worldwide charts behind the two movies.
There’s a solid chance will kick off Box Office Mojo’s Memorial Day chart (which is not adjusted for inflation), but we’ll have to wait and see how the final four-day numbers come in. And then the whole list could be shaken up again in 2020.