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27 May 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: Box Office Mojo

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After 19 years away, we'd all expected quite a few people to turn out for the return of Indiana Jones, and the opening weekend numbers were every bit as enormous as expected.

Over a five day period, the film took $151.1 million in the US and $160 million in the rest of the world, giving it a total haul of $311.1 million. As US opening weekends go that currently puts it at tenth biggest of all time (that is taking into account only Friday, Saturday and Sunday numbers) and the fifth biggest five-day opening.

Despite Indy hoovering up most of the box office dollars, there was still a decent amount of spare cash left over for the rest of the week's films. Prince Caspian took a big hit, dropping 58.2%, but still held well considering the competition, adding $23 million to put it at $91.1 million in two weeks. Iron Man continues to do amazing business, adding $20.1 million in its fourth week. It's now at $252.3 million and easily the biggest of the year so far. It will be interesting to see how its final numbers compare with Indy's. Whichever film proves bigger Paramount, which released both, will be delighted with its summer success.

For the full weekend chart, head over to Box Office Mojo.

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Indy rules!
Me and my mates aswell as my girlfriend and her mates loved the was funny and full of comic action! Loved how indy escaped the nuclear bomb. I loved the sci-fi themes paying homage to 50's sci-fi flicks. Why couldn't my college/uni lectures have been as fun as Professor jones! I for one loved the star wars prequels and my 17th month old son laughs at Jar Jar....and I, as a big kid really enjoyed indy much so, i saw it twice! A must see film of 2008...can't wait for hulk a More

Posted by Johnh1978 at 18:10 on 28 May 2008 | Report This Post

This was always going to make money
The movie was going to open big no matter what the quality of the film was and sadly this is a pants Indiana Jones movie! It'll be interesting to see if it has legs after a couple of weeks as judging from the reaction of fellow fans I know we like many others wont be rewatching this one! More

Posted by Hasselhoff24 at 12:32 on 28 May 2008 | Report This Post

Worth the wait
It could have been ridiculous, it could have been disappointing but it was just a great entertainment moment! Yeah, the whole space ship is a bit too much but who cares ! Indy's not young anymore and doesn't whip like before but who cares! You are just happy to see him again. The team hasn't forgotten the references for the fans and it feels great! Only dark spot maybe is Karen Allen. Should have lost a few pounds ... More

Posted by lamaline1108 at 12:01 on 28 May 2008 | Report This Post

WOW! 300 million!
How impressive! It was inevitable that it would gain a large opening weekend profit. But really 300 million dollars, thats what, 50 euros? Lets see how the UK opening weekend does, where real money is involved ;) More

Posted by jambobjam at 10:48 on 28 May 2008 | Report This Post

Indy flop
There's a surprise is smashed at the box office. A word to George Lucas. STOP WRITING FILMS. YOU RUINED STAR WARS FOR ME AND NOW YOU SEEM INTENT ON DESTROYING INDY. GEORGE FUCK OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do not even think about making Indy 5 coz I give up. I have no more faith left in either George or Steven. More

Posted by rsh1978 at 22:01 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Phantom Menace times 10
You mark my words... 5/50-flaws-of-indy-iv.html More

Posted by azrael00000 at 18:59 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

wait till next weekend
It was always pretty certain that the movie was going to do massive business in the first weekend. I'd imagine the real test will come next weeked when we see how much of dropoff it suffers. Word of mouth counts for a lot, and a lot of it will be negative if the reviews thread is anything to go by. More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 18:39 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

I agreed with Empire's 4 star review and gave it the same rating myself <a href="">Here</a> It's no great surprise that it took that much money either... Hype alone meant it was going to be a gigantic, fedora wearing cash cow. More

Posted by minute44 at 17:18 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

What a lovely day…
Great! I haven´t seen the movie so far, but chances are good that I won´t in the next 6 months or so (or ever), because I don´t feel th need to anymore. I should stop going to movie sites, where there´s enough caring members to give away MAJOR SPOILERS. Jemba, I guess you´re young and full of life and want to tell everybody your opinion, I understand that, but you simply ruined my day. But don´t worry. Some Chris Campbell (the site´s name I don´t remember) More

Posted by RoboMan24 at 16:53 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

i think it went a bit too far for me, what with the space ship and all. kinda felt like i was watching stargate at some points but you know thats not a bad thing. it just wasnt indiana jones. More

Posted by jemba at 15:17 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Excellent News.
Yes! I knew it was going to be a success! It goes to show you that after nineteen years, people have waited and waited until this one day that the new Indy film was relased and everyone will deeply adore it. I know I will when I go and see it next week and let you guys know what it's like! More

Posted by joanna likes films at 15:01 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: great news
This specific MacGuffin is not likely to happen, purely because according to the "Lost Journal of Indiana Jones" that is out now, they seem to be accepting the LucasArts Adventure Indiana Joens and the Fate of Atlantis as canon (for anyone who's not played it, you MUST). It's currently out of print, but *cough* SCUMM VM *cough*...   There's also a Dark Horse comic adaptation which I believe is currently in one of the omnibus graphic novels available at all good retailers...   More

Posted by Moribundman at 14:11 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Indy did well...
...but who wasn't expecting that? It'd be nice to see the UK figures. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 13:24 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Mutt-en dressed as lamb
I have to say I left the cinema a little deflated. For the final third of the film I kept thinking, why have you gone down this road. The bearded one should know better. It's an entertaining ride for the most part but some moments just spoilt the fun. Mutt for example - fencing, swinging and must be wearing a cricket box on his nads to avoid getting jelly legs. The old films had the adrenaline rush, the dangers of being live action. Green screen just doesn't cut it. So what if a character More

Posted by Yorkshire Tic at 13:21 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Very Disappointed!
I saw this film yesterday and I was deeply saddened that two brilliant directorial minds (apparently) managed to come up with this steaming pile of poo! I mean yeah, it's watchable, but Indiana Jones isn't meant to just be watchable it's meant to be death defying stunts i.e. having your face millimetres away from being smashed in by the tracks of a tank, not standing on two non-moving trucks in front of a green screen and having your jkanckers tickled by a bush - Shia LaBeouf shame on you!!! Th More

Posted by RKingston1983 at 12:27 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

great news
i really enjoyed this movie and it completley deserves this success! please spielberg do "indiana jones and the lost city of atlantis" next! ahhhh geek heaven. More

Posted by tango fett at 12:18 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

I thought it was amazing. first time I saw it, it was a strange experience after 19 years seeing indy looking so old. 2nd time though just enjoyed it. seen it 4 times now. More

Posted by thunderheart at 12:08 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: 4 stars?
utely loved the rest o]ORIGINAL: hit_or_miss_me L: timrojaz This movie? PSH! I think I will buy the indy trilogy dvd boxset and ignore that this happened. which is a shame because except for 3 scenes i thought it was a half decent attempt. those three scenes? ill say "fridge", "tarzan" and "x files" and i think people will understand completely agree with those ridiculous 3 scenes. Although rather than a half decent attempt, I would say I absolutely loved the rest of the film. I More

Posted by timrojaz at 10:47 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

A Very Fun Movie & a Worthy addition to the series
I really enjoyed this film. Sure it could've been better but it's not half as bad as alot of people are making it out to be. Oh well, some people like to review films and some people like to criticise them. More

Posted by mlavagna at 10:38 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: 4 stars?
L: timrojaz This movie? PSH! I think I will buy the indy trilogy dvd boxset and ignore that this happened. which is a shame because except for 3 scenes i thought it was a half decent attempt. those three scenes? ill say "fridge", "tarzan" and "x files" and i think people will understand completely agree with those ridiculous 3 scenes. Although rather than a half decent attempt, I would say I absolutely loved the rest of the film. I was a bit worried that it would be a film filmed with More

Posted by hit_or_miss_me at 10:20 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Excellent news, it's a terrific film, a proper old-fashioned adventure movie just like the first three. Can't wait to see it again! More

Posted by britesparc at 09:45 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Indy 4 = Marmite
The film clearly has it's flaws but I think some of the criticism leveled at the film is a little over the top and exaggerated, some fans having been swallowed up by their own hype machine and spat out inevitably dissapointed. Personally my expectations weren't too high, I was actually pleasantly suprised and in the end thankful for another episode of the B-movie inspired pulp adventure series. Perhaps 3 1/2 stars would be a more accurate grade, the 5 star award system is too constrictive and ca More

Posted by KlausKinski at 09:11 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

4 stars?
First time I have gone against Empire, usually you are so bang on. I even didn't mind the star wars prequels even though they were aimed at kids (except the last one it seemed) This movie? PSH! I think I will buy the indy trilogy dvd boxset and ignore that this happened. which is a shame because except for 3 scenes i thought it was a half decent attempt. those three scenes? ill say "fridge", "tarzan" and "x files" and i think people will understand More

Posted by timrojaz at 08:54 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Standard Film, Huge Box office
Hmmm, four stars Empire, did I watch a different film...seems like Dead Mans Chest, poor film loads of money..maybe I will make a film about Bread..should be a massive hit. More

Posted by quagmire at 08:24 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

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