Wow! Movie Box Office Totals Shatter Records Over Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

May 28, 2013  •  Post A Comment

With an estimated take of $316 million over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Hollywood shattered domestic box-office records.

"Over $300 million for Memorial Day weekend has never happened before," box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com told Fox News.

Leading the holiday weekend in movie theaters was " ‘Fast & Furious 6,’ starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, [which] grossed an estimated $120 million from Friday till Monday, making it the second-biggest film opening of the year behind Disney’s ‘Iron Man 3’s’ $175.3 million earlier this month," NBC News reported, adding that the movie was "the biggest opening film in Universal Pictures’ history."

Speaking of "Iron Man 3," it has now brought in $1.14 billion in worldwide box-office receipts, moving it into the top-5 money-making movies of all time, reports Box Office Mojo, according to BBC News.

The only four movies that have been more successful at the box office, worldwide, according to the BBC story, are "Avatar," "Titanic" (both over $2 billion, worldwide), "The Avengers" and the last "Harry Potter" movie. "Iron Man 3" displaced 2011’s "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which previously held the No. 5 slot. To overtake "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" in the No. 4 slot, "Iron Man 3" needs to gross a total of $1.35 billion.

Here are the top 6 grossing movies over the Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S., according to Hollywood.com:

Rank Movie Gross Theaters Avg.Per YTD Distributor
01 Fast & Furious 6 $120.0M 3,658 $32,810 $120.0M Universal
02 The Hangover, Part 3 $51.2M 3,555 $14,406 $63.0M Warner Bros.
03 Star Trek: Into Darkness  $47.0M 3,907 $12,030 $155.8M Paramount
04 Epic $42.6M 3,882 $10,974 $42.6M Fox
05 Iron Man 3  $24.35M 3,424 $7,112 $372.4M Disney
06 The Great Gatsby $17.02M 3,090 $5,508 $117.8M Warner Bros.


  1. Dollar totals are influenced by increased ticket prices, so why not report the number of seats filled instead of box office gross?

  2. Agreed with first post. This is the type of meaningless statistic we expect from the regular media, not trade press. We all know grosses are meaningless as a comparison between years, and it’s obvious why the Hollywood PR machine likes to report it. But it would be much more useful to report ticket sales.

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