Top 20 biggest opening weekends of all time (plus based on Rotten Tomatoes)

GRAVITY

Gravity placed first at the box office this weekend. The Alfonso Cuaron film crushed the competition, racking up $55 million, good for the biggest October opening weekend of all time, the biggest opening weekend in the fall of all time, George Clooney’s biggest opener, and one of the biggest opening weekends ever for a film guaranteed to dominate at the Academy Awards.

In this post is listed the biggest opening weekends of all time and the biggest opening weekends of all time with ratings over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Here’s the top 20 list of the biggest opening weekends of all time. Note that, among ALL films, Gravity is the 125th biggest opening weekend of all time.

Biggest Weekends at the Domestic Box Office

Rank Date Movie Theaters Per Theater Total Gross
1 May 4, 2012 Marvel’s The Avengers 4,349 $47,698 $207,438,708
2 May 3, 2013 Iron Man 3 4,253 $40,946 $174,144,585
3 Jul 15, 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II 4,375 $38,672 $169,189,427
4 Jul 20, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises 4,404 $36,532 $160,887,295
5 Jul 18, 2008 The Dark Knight 4,366 $36,283 $158,411,483
6 Mar 23, 2012 The Hunger Games 4,137 $36,871 $152,535,747
7 May 4, 2007 Spider-Man 3 4,252 $35,540 $151,116,516
8 Nov 20, 2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 4,024 $35,497 $142,839,137
9 Nov 16, 2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 4,070 $34,660 $141,067,634
10 Nov 18, 2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 4,061 $34,012 $138,122,261
11 Jul 7, 2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 4,133 $32,817 $135,634,554
12 May 7, 2010 Iron Man 2 4,380 $29,252 $128,122,480
13 Nov 19, 2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I 4,125 $30,307 $125,017,372
14 May 18, 2007 Shrek the Third 4,122 $29,507 $122,536,609
15 Jun 14, 2013 Man of Steel 4,207 $27,720 $128,681,486
16 Mar 5, 2010 Alice in Wonderland 3,728 $31,143 $116,101,023
17 May 3, 2002 Spider-Man 3,615 $31,769 $114,844,116
18 May 25, 2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End 4,362 $26,303 $127,972,864
19 Jun 18, 2010 Toy Story 3 4,028 $27,385 $110,307,189
20 Jun 26, 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 4,234 $25,736 $200,077,255

Complete list of $20m weekends

Biggest Weekends in Movies with ratings over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes

Here’s the complete list of the biggest opening weekends for films with over a 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rank Date Movie Percentage Total Gross
1 May 4, 2012 Marvel’s The Avengers 92% $207,438,708
2 Jul 15, 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II 96% $169,189,427
3 Jul 18, 2008 The Dark Knight 94% $158,411,483
4 Jun 18, 2010 Toy Story 3 99% $110,307,189
5 May 2, 2008 Iron Man 93% $102,118,668
6 Jun 4, 2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 91% $93,687,367
7 Nov 9, 2012 Skyfall 92% $88,364,714
8 Jun 30, 2004 Spider-man 2 94% $88,156,227
9 May 8, 2009 Star Trek 95% $79,204,289
10 Jul 27, 2007 The Simpsons Movie 90% $74,036,787
11 Dec 17, 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 94% $72,629,713
12 Nov 5, 2004 The Incredibles 97% $70,467,623
13 May 30, 2003 Finding Nemo 99% $70,251,710
14 Aug 3, 2007 The Bourne Ultimatum 94% $69,283,690
15 May 29, 2009 Up 98% $68,139,035
16 Jun 27, 2008 WALL-E 96% $63,087,526
17 Nov 2, 2001 Monsters, Inc. 96% $62,577,067
18 Dec 18, 2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 96% $62,007,528
19 Nov 24, 1999 Toy Story 2 100% $57,388,839
20 Oct 4, 2013 Gravity 98% $55,785,112