Whip It Good: ‘Indiana Jones’ Earns $311 Million Opening Weekend

Audiences around the world sure do love a good (or not so good), whip-crackin’ Harrison Ford action-adventure flick, second only to a good dose of swashbucklin’ Johnny Depp high seas, pirate mayhem.

The most recent Indiana Jones film more than recouped its big budget with an estimated US$311 million in global box office sales through the U.S. long weekend, according to studio estimates Monday.

Families went in droves to catch “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” an adventure starring Harrison Ford as the whip-cracking archeologist who took 19 years to return to the big screen.

Paramount Pictures estimated the action sequel made $151.1 million in the U.S. and Canada from Thursday to the holiday Monday and $143 million overseas, though not including Monday.

It marked the second biggest Memorial Day weekend opening ever, behind only “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” which made $153 million domestically from Thursday to Monday last year.

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