With Memorial Day Weekend here, it’s officially the season of the big summer movie blockbusters.
The long holiday weekend is a great time for film studios to jump-start ticket sales.
We took a look at the highest (domestic) grossing films that have opened over this holiday weekend in the past. A few lessons:
Action movies reign supreme.
Good timing for movie franchises.
Kids love Ben Stiller.
Memorial Day Weekend: $61,012,130
The animated DreamWorks movie had a star-studded voice-over cast and led to a sequel, TV show, toys, and video games. A third follow-up film is also in the works.
Memorial Day Weekend: $70,052,004
Ben Stiller's second movie to make the list is the follow-up to the 2006 Night at the Museum, which returned with familiar faces and added stars.
Memorial Day Weekend: $70,816,215
Tom Cruise returned to his role as action star in this sequel.
Memorial Day Weekend: $75,177,654
A major Hollywood cast led by Ben Affleck made this history-turned-war movie a success.
Memorial Day Weekend: $85,734,045
In 2003, Jim Carrey tried his hand at playing God, audiences loved it.
Memorial Day Weekend: $85,807,341
The 2004 disaster movie was a big budget doomsday take on global warming.
Memorial Day Weekend: $90,161,880
When dinosaurs attack.
Memorial Day Weekend: $122,861,157
Director Brett Ratner's take on the comic book classic.
Memorial Day Weekend: $126,917,373
Harrison Ford returned to his class role as Indiana Jones for this 2008 hit.
Memorial Day Weekend: $139,802,190
The top spot goes to the third film in this Johnny Depp-led Disney franchise. The fourth instalment was just released last week.
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