Question of the Day: Which movie has the record for the best opening weekend in America?

May 06, 2018
Question of the Day, Budgeting

Answer: The Force Awakens (with Infinity War largest on global basis)


  • What do you think makes a movie a big hit? Do you see any themes from this list of top openings? 
  • How many of these movies have you watched on this list? For the more current movies, did you watch at the movies or streaming service?
  • How much do you estimate you spend monthly on movies? Is it one of your larger expenses? 

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Behind the numbers (Economist):

Marvel Entertainment, a subsidiary of Disney, broke box-office records with the release of “Infinity War”, the latest of its Avengers movies, beating the global record for an opening weekend with a total of $641m. “The Force Awakens”, Disney’s first Star Wars outing after acquiring the Lucasfilm franchise, still boasts the best opening weekend in America after adjusting for inflation.


On the subject of movies, have your students debate whether MoviePass is to good to be true. 










About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.