Indiana Jones

Paramount will release Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on over 9,500 screens (4,260 official playdates) according to Steve Mason. MovieTickets.com reports that as of 4:15 p.m. ET, the movie has accounted for 77 percent of its total tickets sold today. And the total volume of Indiana Jones tickets sold at MovieTickets.com tripled from Sunday (5/18) to Monday (5/19).

The film is scheduled to premiere nationwide at midnight. As of 8:00pm, The Arclight Theatre in Hollywood has a total of 9 sold-out shows, start times ranging from  12:01am to 12:46am. The Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 in Manhattan has sold out six out of its seven midnight shows. Mason believes that the film could gross $3M-$4M in after midnight business, and industry analysts are predicting anywhere from $150 to $190 Million for the first five days of release (Thursday through Memorial Day Monday).

Because of the Thursday release date, it is unlikely that Indy will break the All-Time Memorial Day weekend record of $139.8 million set by Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End last year. However, Crystal Skull has a chance to beat the $172.8 Million 5-day record set by Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. The film is currently holding positive on Metacritic (66%) and Rotten Tomatoes (78%).

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