Michael Bay's soft-reboot of the 'Transformers' franchise gave the series its second highest opening weekend ever at about $100M.
The third 'Iron Man' film is Marvel’s highest grossing solo superhero flick, hitting $174M in its opening weekend.
The first Marvel team up film proved mighty at the box office, netting the highest opening weekend gross of all time at $207M.
The last 'Harry Potter' film capped off the franchise by giving it its biggest opening weekend ever: $169M.
The second 'Iron Man' improved upon the original with a substantial opening weekend of $128M.
Surprisingly, 'Twilight: New Moon' had the highest grossing opening weekend of the entire franchise, even besting the openings of the two-part finale with $143M.
Christopher Nolan’s landmark superhero flick broke box office records with its massive opening weekend of $161M.
The overstuffed sequel to the sublime 'Spider-Man 2' easily topped the box office in 2008 with $121M, though we’re still waiting for a proper Venom movie.
The second 'Pirates' film made Jack Sparrow a household name with its massive opening weekend of $136M.
The last film in the 'Star Wars' prequel trilogy did excellent box office business with an $108M opening weekend, but the film itself didn’t live up to the pedigree of the original trilogy.
The surprisingly lucrative 'Shrek 2' holds the title as the third highest opening weekend for an animated film with $108M.
The sequel to 'The Matrix' easily outgrossed it’s processor, despite being a mostly disappointing follow-up. It opened to $92M.
Sam Raimi’s 'Spider-Man' kicked off the superhero boom with a huge opening weekend of $115M.
The first film in the 'Harry Potter' franchise opened huge to $90M, paving the way for seven more films in the series.
The John Woo-directed actioner cruised (sorry) to the top of the box office with a $58M opening weekend.
Despite a lukewarm critical reception, the first 'Star Wars' prequel had the highest opening weekend in 1999 at $65M, ensuring the existence of two more disappointing sequels.
Roland Emmerich’s disastrous take on Godzilla managed to top the box office in 1998 with $44M.
The second 'Jurassic Park' film had the highest opening weekend of the series at $72M, proving the key to box-office success wasn’t all the dinosaurs, but in fact, Vince Vaughn.
Will Smith, in top '90s form, catapulted the alien invasion flick to the highest opening weekend of the year at $50M.
The first of the pair of Joel Schumacher helmed Batman films did gangbusters at the box office with a $52M opener, but unfortunately led to the temporary franchise killer, 'Batman and Robin.'
Finally, 'The Lion King,' which just recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary, had the biggest box office opening of 1994 at $42M.