Originally Posted by FilmNerdJamie
Phantom Menace did $105 in 5 days.
Independence Day did $84M in 5 days.
For some reason I recalled ID4's opening at 106, not 96.
ID4's opening is difficult to judge. It opened on a Tuesday. It's 6 day of 96m inflates to exactly 105m in 1999 dollars.
It's a pity neither film opened a Friday. ID4 opened on a Tuesday, and blew off 45 million dollars before its 'opening weekend, but still dropped 51 million (record at the time was 52). Would have likely done 75ish.
Phantom Menace opened on a Wednesday, and did 65 after blowing off. Would have likely came in around 85 million. # of tickets sold between the two is virtually identical. Both would have seen jaw dropping % increases over the previous record; ID4 would have beaten it by 50%ish. Just an astounding figure.