Indiana Jones Whips Up $151 million

Now you would think that being able to put enough butts in seats to rake in $56 million in just two days would be considered a major success, but not so much nowadays. While $25 million on Thursday and $31 million on Friday is pretty impressive in anybody’s book, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” still has a long way to go to surpass the Memorial Day weekend numbers put up by “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” last year. Those numbers? A staggering $153 million, including Thursday showings.

For the three-day Memorial Day weekend (including Friday), where is how the box office broke down:

(Revised and Updated with New Numbers on 5/26/08)

The man in the fedora took in $101.0 million from Thursday to Sunday for a total of $126 million. Adding in Memorial Day Monday’s haul, the studio expects Indy’s comeback to surpass the $151 million mark, just a few million short of breaking the $153 set last year by “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”.

The closest challenger to Indy over the weekend was “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”, which took in $28.6 million in its second week (and $96.7 total in its 2 weeks of release), good enough to hold off “Iron Man”, still going strong in its fourth week of release with $25.7 million ($257.8 in four weeks of release).

On the other hand, the Wachowski Brothers’ “Speed Racer” continues its unfathomable plummet, earning a meager $5.2 million, for a 3-week total of $37.4. The film also made $30 in overseas ticket sales, with major markets like France, Russia, Japan and Australia still unaccounted for. The movie should do well in Japan, but enough to make back the film’s reported $120 million dollar production budget (minus promotional costs)? That remains to be seen.

Since no other film was foolish enough to open in the same week as “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, here’s how the rest of the box office broken down over the 3-day weekend (via):

1. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” $126 million (plus $25.1 million on Thursday).
2. “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” $28.6 million.
3. “Iron Man,” $25.7 million.
4. “What Happens in Vegas,” $11.2 million.
5. “Speed Racer,” $5.2 million.
6. “Made of Honor,” $4.2 million.
7. “Baby Mama,” $4.2 million.
8. “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” $2.2 million.
9. “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” $1.2 million.
10. “The Visitor,” $917,000.

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