As the calendar turns toward summertime, movie studios are gearing up for the ever-important blockbuster season. While winter's awards tour is a great time for actors and executives to pat each other on the back, summer is when the checks are written. Tentpole films will be propped up left and right, as Universal Pictures hit the biggest jackpot of 2017 so far with the release of "The Fate of the Furious," the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. "Fast 8" pulled in just under $100 million domestically in its opening weekend and was a historically massive hit internationally, banking $530 million worldwide -- good for the largest global opening of all time.
"Fast 8" earned $190 million in its opening three days from China alone, and the film has clearly maintained interest internationally. Here in the U.S., though, where does the film rank among the top domestic opening weekends of all time? PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, ranked movies by the domestic opening weekend box office results for the first weekend of their wide release. Amounts are from Box Office Mojo and are adjusted for inflation to a 2017 ticket price of $8.84. Also included is each film's inflation-adjusted domestic gross profits throughout its entire run.
To the surprise of no one, sequels and superhero movies dominate the list. Of the 100 biggest opening weekends, 70 topped the $100 million mark. All but nine of the top 100 were released since 2000, including three films that are still showing in theaters.
Note: Weekends are classified as Friday-Saturday-Sunday. Movies that do not have a three-day opening gross are not included. Movie descriptions are sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.