"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" proved more than up to the task of drawing people away from their Memorial Day barbecues and into the cold dark recesses of the cinemas.
The Steven Spielberg-directed adventure film grossed $126 million domestically during the extended holiday weekend, making it the second highest Memorial Day opening behind last year's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," which made $139.8 million.
But when you count the five-day cumulative, which we laid non-monetary bets on last week, "Crystal Skull" made $151.1 million domestically and $160 million internationally (though it opened on Wednesday overseas). This puts the total gross at a whopping $311.1 million. As you may have noticed, this number is miles away from our guesses. thisfuckinguy guessed $237.9 million total, ingenuus guessed $220 mil, and I went with $222.8 mil. So TFG is closest for worldwide, while I got closer on the 5-day domestic (my $132.8 to his $126.7 million), though we were still both off by leaps and bounds.
"Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" dropped down significantly to $28.6 million, while "Iron Man" stayed relatively steady making $25.6 million in its fourth weekend on the market.
After those big three, there really wasn't much more money to spread around. "The Visitor" managed to creep onto the top ten, but only made $917,000, the first time in a while I've seen a movie in the top ten with less than a million dollars. The indie dramedy by Thomas McCarthy ("The Station Agent") has made $4.57 million to date.