Paramount called in an estimated $25 million return for Thursday’s opening of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull putting it in the #3 position behind The Matrix Reloaded for top all-time Thursday returns as reported by FantasyMoguls.com. The current #1 Thursday return is held by Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith.
Projected earnings for The Crystal Skull for this holiday weekend range from $140 million to 175 million in just over 4200 theaters. The first movie in the franchise Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark opened in just 1000 theaters and took in $8.3 million. The franchise as a whole grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide.
Philippe Dauman, CEO for Paramount’s parent company Viacom, said that the company was very excited about the movies reception so far.