The final installment of Star Wars series grossed $158.5 million during its
first weekend of release in North America - the biggest three-day opening of
The record was previously held by SPIDER-MAN, which opened to almost $115
million in 2002.
STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH raked in $50 million (GBP26.3
million) in its first 24 hours of release in the US and Canada, with $16.5
million (GBP8.6 million) in ticket sales coming from Thursday's (19MAY05)
Last weekend's box office champ, Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda's
Monster-In-Law, slipped to a distant second with $14.4 million (GBP7.5
million), while the WILL FERRELL soccer comedy KICKING + SCREAMING took in
$10.5 million (GBP5.5
CRASH and UNLEASHED round out the top five with $5.5 million (GBP2.8
million) and $3.8 million (GBP2 million) respectively.