Star Wars Breaks Box Office Records
The film opened big on Thursday with a $50 million gross, breaking the one day total record previously held by Shrek 2 at $44.8 million. George Lucas and Fox executives should be smiling about breaking the four-day record previous held by The Matrix Reloaded ($134.3 million) by over $24 million.
Sith also far outsold its two predecessors by a healthy margin. Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones enjoyed an $80 million opening weekend in 2002 and Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace debuted with $64.8 million in 1999.
The force was with the film overseas as well where it brought in an estimated $144.7 million over the weekend. That brings the global gross so far to over $300 million.
Last week's top film, Monster-in-Law, landed in second place with an estimated $14.4 million while Will Ferrell's "Kicking & Screaming" came in third with $10.5 million. The critically acclaimed Crash earned an additional $5.5 million this weekend and the top 5 was rounded out by Jet Li's latest Unleashed, which earned $3.8 million over the weekend.
Estimated Box Office Top Sellers for May
20-22 1. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - $108.5 million
2. Monster-in-Law - $14.4 million
3. Kicking & Screaming - $10.5 million
4. Crash - $5.5 million
5. Unleashed - $3.8 million
6. Kingdom of Heaven - $3.4 million
7. House of Wax - $3.2 million
8. The Interpreter - $2.8 million
9. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - $2 million
10. Mindhunters - $909,049