Indiana Jones rakes it in

The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull more than recoups budget, taking estimated $311m at global box office.
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Unsurprisingly, the new Indiana Jones movie has proved to be a smash hit at the global box office, with studio estimates putting sales for the long weekend around $311 million.

Paramount Pictures estimated that The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull made $151.1 million in the US and Canada from last Thursday (May 22nd) through to Monday (May 26th) and $160 million overseas. It took around £12.5 million in the UK.

Nearly a third of the domestic audience was made up of parents with their children.

"Adults really drove this opening. This is one of their favourite franchise and they couldn't wait to take their kids with them," said Rob Moore, president of Paramount Worldwide Distribution.

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

The first three Indiana Jones films raked in some $1.2 billion worldwide.

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