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10 Biggest Opening Weekends, Ranked


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Super Bowl weekend is here. The Super Bowl is a major event in America, with the event typically ranking as the most viewed program of the year. The top 10 of the most televised programs of all time have been Super Bowls, although that does not count live-events like the Moon Landing and Richard Nixon’s resignation speech. Because of how many people tend to stay home and watch the Super Bowl or go to Super Bowl parties, it tends to be a slow weekend at the box office.

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January is traditionally thought of as a dump month for movies, and the Super Bowl is typically broadcast at the end of January or early February, meaning Hollywood tends not to try and release any major films so as not to compete with the event. Because of this, the films that make up the biggest openings for Super Bowl weekend tend to be an eclectic mix, with no particular film dominating the time frame like other holidays. With that in mind, take a look at the biggest opening weekends during the Super Bowl.

Update February 9, 2024: This article has been updated with more films that opened during Super Bowl weekend and where to stream each title if you want a companion piece for your Super Bowl weekend.

10 She’s All That (1999) – $16,065,430

She's All That

She’s All That

Release Date
January 29, 1999

Director
Robert Iscove

Runtime
95

She’s All That is a romantic comedy staple of the 1990s as it closed out the decade. The film stars Freddie Prince Jr. as a popular guy who takes on the bet to transform an ordinary girl, played by Rachael Leigh Cook, into a popular girl in a high school spin on My Fair Lady. The movie opened in theaters on January 29, 1999, just two days before Super Bowl XXXIII, which was between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons.

The budget for She’s All That was $10 million, and the movie made that back and then some over the three-day opening weekend with $16 million taking the number one spot at the box office. The film would later go on to gross $103 million worldwide and is fondly remembered today as one of the defining teen movies of the 1990s. Combine that with the hit song “Kiss Me,” by Sixpence None the Richer reaching number two on Billboard’s Hot 100 and staying in the Top 10 for 16 weeks shows that this is a film whose legacy has outlasted the Super Bowl that was played that year. Stream on Netflix and Paramount+.

9 You Got Served (2004) – $16,123,105

You Got Served

You Got Served

Release Date
January 30, 2004

Director
Chris Stokes

Runtime
93

You’ve Got Served is a dance drama that follows a group of dancers who take part in a street dancing competition that might not have done well with critics but was a hit with audiences. Opening on January 30, 2004, the movie’s release coincided with Super Bowl XXXVIII, which saw the Carolina Panthers go up against The New England Patriots.

At the time, this was the most-watched Super Bowl ever, with 89.8 million viewers so You Got Served bringing in an impressive $16 million at taking the number one spot at the box office was an impressive feat. The movie went on to earn $50 million worldwide against an $8 million budget and has become a cult classic and a staple of the dance movie genre. Rent on Prime Video, Vudu, and AppleTV+.

8 Boogeyman (2005) – $19,020,655

Boogeyman

Boogeyman

Release Date
February 4, 2005

Director
Stephen T. Kay

Runtime
86

No, not the recently released Stephen King film The Boogeyman. Boogeyman was a new spin on the classic Boogeyman mythos; the film was released on February 4, 2006. This was the same weekend as Superbowl XXXIX between The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Despite receiving largely negative reviews, the cheap horror film was able to scare up a decent opening weekend of $19 million, just one million shy of making back its entire $20 million budget in just three days. The film got two direct-to-video sequels and is now best known as the horror movie written by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, which opened six months before Supernatural would premiere on the WB, and the series would get a lot of good jokes in at the expense of the film. Stream on Prime Video.

7 Warm Bodies (2013) – $20,353,967

Warm Bodies was released on February 1, 2013, and was aiming to get a head start on the Valentine’s Day crowd. The zombie-rom com starring Nicolas Hoult and Teresa Palmer movie opened on the weekend of Super Bowl XLVII between The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Warm Bodies grossed $20 million in its opening weekend and later went on to gross $66 million domestically. Super Bowl XLVII was the seventh-highest television broadcast, making Warm Bodies‘ opening weekend an accomplishment. Stream on Hulu and Peacock.

6 The Woman in Black (2012) – $20,874,072

The Woman In Black

The Woman In Black

Release Date
February 3, 2012

Director
James Watkins

Cast
Emma Shorey , Molly Harmon , Sophie Stuckey , Daniel Radcliffe , Misha Handley , Jessica Raine

Runtime
99

The 2012 Super Bowl XLVI between The New York Giants and The New England Patriots was a surprisingly good week at the movies, as two major films opened and made it onto this list. The first was The Woman in Black, a gothic horror movie starring Daniel Radcliffe and his first major film following the conclusion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2.

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The Woman in Black opened with $20.8 million over the Super Bowl weekend at number two at the box office. The number one film that weekend was the other new release and appears on this list. Having two films in 2012 do so well is even more impressive given that Super Bowl XLVI was the fourth most-watched television broadcast with 111 million views.

5 When a Stranger Calls (2006) – $21,607,203

When a Stranger Calls
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When a Stranger Calls was released on February 3, 2006, over the weekend of Super Bowl XL between the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers. A remake of the 1979 horror film of the same name, When A Stranger Calls received negative reviews from critics but was able to draw audiences out for the weekend, grossing $21.6 million on its opening weekend. For two years, it held the record as the biggest opening weekend during Super Bowl weekend. Rent or Purchase on Prime Video, AppleTV+, or Vudu.

4 Chronicle (2012) – $22,004,098

Chronicle

Chronicle

Release Date
February 1, 2012

Runtime
86

Chronicle opened on February 3, 2012, the same weekend as The Woman in Black.Chronicle came out on top, grossing $22 million, and was the number 1 film that weekend at the box office. Chronicle’s success made director Josh Trank the hot new filmmaker and secured him the job directing 2015’s Fantastic Four, which later resulted in some major behind-the-scenes conflict.

Screenwriter Max Landis was able to parley Chronicle into various gigs writing films like American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein, and Bright but those films’ poor reactions and the various abuse allegations against the writer hurt his career. Between Trank and Landis, a lot of the legacy behind Chronicle has been tainted. Luckily, two of the film’s young cast members, Michael B. Jordan and Dane Dehane, were able to break out as stars. Rent or Purchase on Prime Video, AppleTV+, or Vudu.

3 Taken (2009) – $24,717,037

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Taken opened on January 30, 2009, over the weekend of Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Taken was a surprise hit and grossed $24 million over the three-day weekend, and impressively held well over the following weekends and brought in $145 million at the domestic box office.

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Taken marked a sharp turn in Liam Neeson’s career and kicked off the star, becoming the face of action films released in the early part of the year like Unknown, The Grey, and The Commuter, just to name a few. Many of these films were January releases, but notably, none would take advantage of the Super Bowl weekend slot. Rent or Purchase on Prime Video, AppleTV+, or Vudu.

2 Dear John (2010) – $30,468,614

Dear John

Dear John

Release Date
February 4, 2010

Runtime
105

After Taken became a surprise hit at the box office during Super Bowl weekend the following year Dear John opened in theaters on February 5, 2010, over the weekend of Super Bowl XLIV where The New Orleans Saints faced off against the Indianapolis Colts. Dear John opened with an impressive $30 million and holds the distinction of being the movie that finally dethroned Avatar at the box office after an impressive seven-weekend run at number one.

The movie went on to gross $80 million at the domestic box office. Given that Dear John is a romance movie, the film served as a successful counter-programming for the Super Bowl and also got a head start over the Valentine’s Day weekend that would follow. Stream on Hulu and Peacock.

1 Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (2008) – $31,117,834

Surprisingly, the biggest opening weekend for a movie released on Super Bowl weekend was Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour. Released on February 1, 2008, during Super Bowl XLII between The New York Giants and the New England Patriots, Disney capitalized on the fact that the target demographic for Hannah Montana was not likely too worried about watching the Super Bowl.

The movie opened to $31.1 million over the three-day weekend and kicked off a new trend of high-profile concert films like Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and Katy Perry: Part of Me. It was one of the biggest concert movies of all time until the recent release of Taylor Swift: The Era’s Tour. Yet to this day, sixteen years later, Hannah Montanna and Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour holds the record for biggest opening during Super Bowl weekend. Stream on Disney+.

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