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This Weekend in Box Office History: Comparisons for July 2-4, 2010

by Brandon Gray
 

 
July 4, 2010

Here's a look back at past weekends comparable to June 2-4, 2010:

5 Years Ago - 2005

War of the Worlds stormed the box office with a $64.9 million first weekend at 3,908 locations, bringing its five-day opening to $100.6 million. At the time, it posted the second highest-grossing Independence Day weekend ever, though it didn't have the attendance impact of the holiday's previous alien invasion movie, Independence Day in 1996. The releases of the previous weekend and new entry Rebound were so weak that Batman Begins and Mr. & Mrs. Smith placed a distant second and third, respectively. Weekend Report: 'War of the Worlds' Booms on Independence Day Weekend

10 Years Ago - 2000

The Perfect Storm blew into the top spot with $41.3 million at 3,407 locations, blasting past The Patriot, which was timed for the holiday and made $22.4 million at 3,061 locations ($31.7 million since its Wednesday start). Patriot might have paled compared to the harrowing disaster movie, but it performed extremely well by genre standards. The weekend's other nationwide release, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, was an utter failure, nabbing $6.8 million at 2,460 locations. Weekend Chart

15 Years Ago - 1995

Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump follow-up Apollo 13 launched with a stellar $25.4 million at 2,197 locations, followed by holdovers Pocahontas and Batman Forever. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers didn't translate well to the big screen, grossing $13.1 million at 2,409 locations, while Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd failed to lay down the law with $12.3 million at 2,204 locations. Weekend Chart

20 Years Ago - 1990

Die Hard 2: Die Harder exploded with the top-grossing Independence Day weekend to date, pulling in $21.7 million at 2,507 locations. It took its predecessor more than a couple of weeks to reach that level. Days of Thunder was second and Dick Tracy was third, while Jetsons: The Movie was a non-starter with $5 million at 1,562 locations. Weekend Chart

25 Years Ago - 1985

Back to the Future zipped into 1,420 theaters and set a new Independence Day weekend record with $11.2 million (for a $14.7 million tally since its Wednesday start). It was also the top-grossing start for a time-travel movie at the time. Pale Rider, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Cocoon and The Emerald Forest rounded out the Top Five. The latter debuted to a modest $4.3 million at 1,110 locations. Also opening, Red Sonja flopped with $2.3 million at 1,091 locations, grossing a fraction of the previous Conan movies. Weekend Chart

Weekend Reports for This Timeframe in Past Years:
2009 - 'Transformers' Fends Off 'Ice Age' in Photo Finish
2008 - 'Hancock' Soars
2007 - Moviegoers Spark to 'Transformers'
2006 - 'Superman' Solid If Unspectacular
2005 - 'War of the Worlds' Booms on Independence Day Weekend

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