Friday, June 6, 2008

Box Office: Indy's Near-Record Weekend -- $126M For Four Days, $151M for Five

Looks like "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'' will miss the all-time Memorial Day box-office crown by around $4 million, but nobody at Paramount or Lucas film is complaining. The official studio estimates won't be out until this afternoon and the "final'' numbers until a day after that, but Steve Mason at Fantasy Moguls was projecting at midnight that Indy's number for the four-day holiday weekend was a mighty $126.28, nothing to sneeze at. In unadjusted dollars, it's the No. 2 Memorial Day weekend opener ever, behind last year's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,'' which managed $139.8 million. Mase estimates that when you add in Thursday's numbers, the five-day total is $151.32. That would make it the fifth best five-day opening ever, after "Revenge of the Sith,'' "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest,'' and the second and third Spider-Man movies.

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