There was a time that cracking $100 million on the opening weekend for a film was something that just didn’t happen. And when it did finally happen, it didn’t happen very often. Now at least a couple of films are topping that amount every year, and this weekend Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast was the latest. The Emma Watson lead film took in $170 million to become one of the top openings of all time. If you are curious what other films are on the list, here are the top 10 biggest openings of all time.
The Dark Knight Rises – Four years after The Dark Knight, the film’s sequel came out and took home $2 million more than its predecessor for an even bigger opening of $160 million. All in the all, the Christopher Nolan Batman series was a huge hit for Warner Brothers.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Last year this superhero film (and yet another featuring Batman) was trashed by critics and fans alike, but it didn’t stop it from having a huge $166 million opening. Oddly enough that ended up being about half of its entire earnings.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Everyone wanted to see how the Harry Potter franchise would end, and with a $169 million dollar opening it showed how big of a fan base they had. The producers of the film decided to cut the last book of the series in half so they could get more of the story into the film, (and make more money) and it started a trend among young adult movie adaptations.
Beauty and the Beast – Emma Watson’s latest film, and a huge success for Disney, falls midway through the top openings of all time with their $170 million opening.
Iron Man 3 – Robert Downey Jr. showed the world that he can draw in huge numbers, even without the rest of the Avengers. In what could be his last solo effort as the superhero, Downey helped draw in $174 million on opening weekend.
Captain America: Civil War – With a huge superhero battle royal, you had to know that this movie was going to draw buckets of money, and it did, making over $179 million on opening weekend alone.
Avengers: Age of Ultron – The first Avengers movie was a huge hit, and so was the second. With a $191 million opening, this film came close to breaking the $200 million barrier like it’s predecessor.
The Avengers – They said it couldn’t be done, but 2012’s The Avengers became the first film to break the $200 million barrier, ending up with $207 million. Bascially by making this much money, you have to know that superhero films aren’t going anywhere, any time soon.
Jurassic World – What’s bigger than super heroes? Dinosaurs of course. The Jurassic Park franchise has vanished for a long time before coming back in 2015 to become a huge hit once again. The only thing that could possibly be an even bigger hit is if they decide to team up superhero films with ones that have dinosaurs in them.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Fans had waited for a long time to see an actual sequel to Return of the Jedi, and this 2015 film gave it to them. The nostalgia factor played a big part in this film’s success, but it also managed to draw in a whole new generation of fans. Much more than the prequel series managed to do. We can only imagine that this $247 million record will fall when the next episode of Star Wars comes out later this year.