Top 5 Summer Movies From Each of the Past 15 Years

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 3 months ago

With summer movie season coming to a close, look back at the top 5 highest grossing movies at the domestic box office from the past 15 years. How did 2017 compare?

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Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, James Marsden, Shawn Ashmore, and Hugh Jackman in X-Men 2 (2003)

5. X-Men 2 (2003)

Release Date: May 2

Domestic Total Gross: $214,949,694

Opening Weekend: $85,558,731

Production Budget: $110 million

Tagline: First, they were fighting for acceptance. Now, they're battling for survival.

2
Jennifer Aniston and Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty (2003)

4. Bruce Almighty (2003)

Release Date: May 23

Domestic Total Gross: $242,829,261

Opening Weekend: $67,953,330

Production Budget: $81 million

Tagline: The guy next door just became the guy upstairs.

3
Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving in The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

3. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Release Date: May 15

Domestic Total Gross: $281,576,461

Opening Weekend: $91,774,413

Production Budget: $150 million

Tagline: Reload before the revolution begins.

4
Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Release Date: July 9

Domestic Total Gross: $305,413,918

Opening Weekend: $46,630,690

Production Budget: $140 million

Tagline: Prepare to be blown out of the water.

5
Albert Brooks and Alexander Gould in Finding Nemo (2003)

1. Finding Nemo (2003)

Release Date: May 30

Domestic Total Gross: $339,714,978

Opening Weekend: $70,251,710

Production Budget: $94 million

Tagline: There are 3.7 trillion fish in the ocean, they're looking for one.

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Matt Damon and Julia Stiles in The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

5. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Release Date: July 23

Domestic Total Gross: $176,241,941

Opening Weekend: $52,521,865

Production Budget: $75 million

Tagline:  They should have left him alone.

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Jake Gyllenhaal in The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

4. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Release Date: May 28

Domestic Total Gross: $186,740,799

Opening Weekend: $68,743,584

Production Budget: $125 million

Tagline: This year, a sweater won't do.

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Gary Oldman in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Release Date: June 4

Domestic Total Gross: $249,541,069

Opening Weekend: $93,687,367

Production Budget: $130 million

Tagline: Have you seen this wizard?

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Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 2 (2004)

2. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Release Date: June 30

Domestic Total Gross: $373,585,825

Opening Weekend: $88,156,227

Production Budget: $200 million

Tagline:  This summer a man will face his destiny. A hero will be revealed

10
Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers in Shrek 2 (2004)

1. Shrek 2 (2004)

Release Date: May 19

Domestic Total Gross: $441,226,247

Opening Weekend: $108,037,878

Production Budget: $150 million

Tagline: Once upon another time...

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Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005)

5. Batman Begins (2005)

Release Date: June 15

Domestic Total Gross: $205,343,774

Opening Weekend: $48,745,440

Production Budget:  $150 million

Tagline:  The legend begins.

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Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Release Date: July 15

Domestic Total Gross: $206,459,076

Opening Weekend: $56,178,450

Production Budget:  $150 million

Tagline:  Willy Wonka is semi-sweet and nuts

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Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers (2005)

3. Wedding Crashers (2005)

Release Date: July 15

Domestic Total Gross: $209,255,921

Opening Weekend: $33,900,720

Production Budget:  $40 million

Tagline:  Life's a Party. Crash It.

14
Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, and Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds (2005)

2. War of the Worlds (2005)

Release Date: June 29

Domestic Total Gross: $234,280,354

Opening Weekend: $64,878,725

Production Budget:  $132 million

Tagline:  They're already here.

15
Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

1. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Release Date: May 19

Domestic Total Gross: $380,270,577

Opening Weekend: $108,435,841

Production Budget: $113 million

Tagline: The saga is complete.

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Brandon Routh in Superman Returns (2006)

5. Superman Returns (2006)

Release Date: June 28

Domestic Total Gross: $200,081,192

Opening Weekend: $52,535,096

Production Budget: $270 million

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Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou in The Da Vinci Code (2006)

4. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Release Date: May 19

Domestic Total Gross: $217,536,138

Opening Weekend: $77,073,388

Production Budget:  $125 million

Tagline: Seek the truth, seek the codes.

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Hugh Jackman in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

3. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Release Date: May 26

Domestic Total Gross: $234,362,462

Opening Weekend: $102,750,665

Production Budget: $210 million

Tagline: Evolution will make a last stand.

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Cars (2006)

2. Cars (2006)

Release Date: June 9

Domestic Total Gross: $244,082,982

Opening Weekend: $60,119,509

Production Budget: $120 million

Tagline: Our cars speak for themselves.

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Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Release Date: July 7

Domestic Total Gross: $423,315,812

Opening Weekend: $135,634,554

Production Budget:  $225 million

Tagline: Captain Jack is back.

21
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Release Date: July 11

Domestic Total Gross: $292,004,738

Opening Weekend: $77,108,414

Production Budget: $150 million

Tagline: Evil must be confronted.

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Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

Release Date: May 25

Domestic Total Gross: $309,420,425

Opening Weekend: $114,732,820

Production Budget: $300 million

Tagline: At the end of the world, the adventure begins.

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Transformers (2007)

3. Transformers (2007)

Release Date: July 3

Domestic Total Gross: $319,246,193

Opening Weekend: $70,502,384

Production Budget: $150 million

Tagline: Most have come to destroy us. Some have come to protect us.

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Mike Myers in Shrek the Third (2007)

2.Shrek the Third (2007)

Release Date: May 18

Domestic Total Gross: $322,719,944

Opening Weekend: $121,629,270

Production Budget: $160 million

Tagline: A family movie you will want to see ogre, and ogre, and ogre again.

25
Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 3 (2007)

1. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Release Date: May 4

Domestic Total Gross: $336,530,303

Opening Weekend: $151,116,516

Production Budget: $258 million

Tagline: Every hero has a choice, to face the darkness... or be consumed by it.

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WALL·E (2008)

5. WALL·E (2008)

Release Date: June 27

Domestic Total Gross: $223,808,164

Opening Weekend:$63,087,526

Production Budget:  $180 million

Tagline: In space, no one can hear you clean.

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Will Smith and Atticus Shaffer in Hancock (2008)

4. Hancock (2008)

Release Date: July 2

Domestic Total Gross: $227,946,274

Opening Weekend: $62,603,879

Production Budget: $150 million

Tagline: He is saving the world whether we like it or not.

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Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, and Shia LaBeouf in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Release Date: May 22

Domestic Total Gross: $317,101,119

Opening Weekend: $100,137,835

Production Budget: $185 million

Tagline: In May, the adventure continues.

29
Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man (2008)

2. Iron Man (2008)

Release Date: May 2

Domestic Total Gross: $318,412,101

Opening Weekend: $98,618,668

Production Budget: $140 million

Tagline: Heroes aren't born. They're built.

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Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

1. The Dark Knight (2008)

Release Date: July 18

Domestic Total Gross: $533,345,358

Opening Weekend: $158,411,483

Production Budget: $185 million

Tagline: Why so serious?

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Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine in Star Trek (2009)

5. Star Trek (2009)

Release Date: May 8

Domestic Total Gross: $257,730,019

Opening Weekend: $75,204,289

Production Budget: $150 million

Tagline: The future begins.

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Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms in The Hangover (2009)

4. The Hangover (2009)

Release Date: June 5

Domestic Total Gross: $277,322,503

Opening Weekend: $44,979,319

Production Budget:  $35 million

Tagline: Some guys just can't handle Vegas

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Up (2009)

3. Up (2009)

Release Date: May 29

Domestic Total Gross: $293,004,164

Opening Weekend: $68,108,790

Production Budget:  $175 million

34
Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Release Date: July 15

Domestic Total Gross: $301,959,197

Opening Weekend: $77,835,727

Production Budget: $250 million

Tagline: Dark secrets revealed.

35
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Release Date:June 24

Domestic Total Gross: $402,111,870

Opening Weekend: $108,966,307

Production Budget: $200 million

Tagline: They have returned... to finish what they started.

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Despicable Me (2010)

5. Despicable Me (2010)

Release Date: July 16

Domestic Total Gross: $292,576,195

Opening Weekend: $62,785,337

Production Budget:  $69 million

Tagline: Some call him bad, "they" call him dad.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Inception (2010)

4. Inception (2010)

Release Date: July 16

Domestic Total Gross: $292,576,195

Opening Weekend: $62,785,337

Production Budget:  $160 million

Tagline: Your mind is the scene of the crime

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Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

3. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

Release Date: June 30

Domestic Total Gross: $300,531,751

Opening Weekend: $64,832,191

Production Budget: $68 million

Tagline: It all begins... With a choice

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Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 2 (2010)

2. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Release Date: May 7

Domestic Total Gross: $312,433,331

Opening Weekend: $128,122,480

Production Budget: $200 million

Tagline: It's not the armor that makes the hero, but the man inside.

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Toy Story 3 (2010)

1. Toy Story 3 (2010)

Release Date: June 18

Domestic Total Gross: $415,004,880

Opening Weekend: $110,307,189

Production Budget: $200 million

Tagline: No toy gets left behind.

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Cars 2 (2011)

5. Cars 2 (2011)

Release Date: JUne 24

Domestic Total Gross: $191,452,396

Opening Weekend: $66,135,507

Production Budget:  $200 million

Tagline: Going where no car has gone before.

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Johnny Depp and Kevin McNally in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Release Date: May 20

Domestic Total Gross: $241,071,802

Opening Weekend: $90,151,958

Production Budget: $250 million

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Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Todd Phillips, and Ed Helms in The Hangover Part II (2011)

3. The Hangover Part II (2011)

Release Date: 6/26

Domestic Total Gross: $254,464,305

Opening Weekend: $85,946,294

Production Budget: $80 million

Tagline: The Wolfpack is back

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Release Date: June 29

Domestic Total Gross: $352,390,543

Opening Weekend: $97,852,865

Production Budget: $195 million

Tagline: The battles are over. The war begins.

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Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Release Date: July 15

Domestic Total Gross: $381,011,219

Opening Weekend: $169,189,427

Tagline: The last enemy is death.

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Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane in Ted (2012)

5. Ted (2012)

Release Date: June 29

Domestic Total Gross: $218,815,487

Opening Weekend: $54,415,205

Production Budget: $50 million

Tagline: Ted is coming.

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Brave (2012)

4. Brave (2012)

Release Date: June 22

Domestic Total Gross: $237,283,207

Opening Weekend: $66,323,594

Production Budget: $185 million

Tagline: Change your fate.

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Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

3. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Release Date: July 3

Domestic Total Gross: $262,030,663

Opening Weekend: $62,004,688

Production Budget:  $230 million

Tagline: His past was kept from him. His search for answers has just begun.

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Christian Bale and Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

2. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Release Date: July 20

Domestic Total Gross: $448,139,099

Opening Weekend: $160,887,295

Production Budget: $250 million

Tagline: The legend ends.

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Tom Hiddleston in The Avengers (2012)

1. The Avengers (2012)

Release Date: May 4

Domestic Total Gross: $623,357,910

Opening Weekend: $207,438,708

Production Budget: $220 million

Tagline: Avengers assemble!

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Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

5. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Release Date: May 24

Domestic Total Gross: $238,679,850

Opening Weekend: $97,375,245

Production Budget: $160 million

Tagline: All roads lead to this.

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Monsters University (2013)

4. Monsters University (2013)

Release Date: June 21

Domestic Total Gross: $268,492,764

Opening Weekend: $82,429,469

Tagline: School never looked this scary.

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Henry Cavill in Man of Steel (2013)

3. Man of Steel (2013)

Release Date: June 14

Domestic Total Gross: $291,045,518

Opening Weekend: $116,619,362

Production Budget: $225 million

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Despicable Me 2 (2013)

2. Despicable Me 2 (2013)

Release Date: July 3

Domestic Total Gross: $368,061,265

Opening Weekend: $83,517,315

Production Budget: $76 million

Tagline: When the world needed a hero, they called a villain.

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Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3 (2013)

1. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Release Date:May 3

Domestic Total Gross: $409,013,994

Opening Weekend: $174,144,585

Production Budget: $200 million

Tagline: Even heroes fall.

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Toby Kebbell in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Release Date: July 11

Domestic Total Gross: $208,545,589

Opening Weekend: $72,611,427

Production Budget: $170 million

Tagline: One last chance for peace.

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Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, and James McAvoy in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

4. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Release Date: May 23

Domestic Total Gross: $233,921,534

Opening Weekend: $90,823,660

Production Budget: $200 million

Tagline: His past. Our future.

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Maleficent (2014)

3. Maleficent (2014)

Release Date: May 30

Domestic Total Gross: $241,410,378

Opening Weekend: $69,431,298

Production Budget: $180 million

Tagline: Don't believe the fairy tale.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

2. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Release Date: June 27

Domestic Total Gross: $245,439,076

Opening Weekend: $100,038,390

Production Budget: $210 million

Tagline: Prepare for extinction.

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Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Release Date: Aug. 1

Domestic Total Gross: $333,176,600

Opening Weekend: $94,320,883

Production Budget: $170 million

Tagline: When things get bad, they'll do their worst.

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Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

5. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

Release Date: July 31

Domestic Total Gross: $195,042,377

Opening Weekend: $55,520,089

Production Budget: $150 million

Tagline: Desperate Times. Desperate Measures.

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Minions (2015)

4. Minions (2015)

Release Date: July 10

Domestic Total Gross: $336,045,770

Opening Weekend: $115,718,405

Production Budget:  $74 million

Tagline: Before Gru, they had a history of bad bosses / Go back to where it all began.

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Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, and Mindy Kaling in Inside Out (2015)

3. Inside Out (2015)

Release Date: June 19

Domestic Total Gross: $356,461,711

Opening Weekend: $90,440,272

Production Budget: $175 million

Tagline: Meet the little voices inside your head.

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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

2. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Release Date: May 1

Domestic Total Gross: $459,005,868

Opening Weekend: $191,271,109

Production Budget:  $250 million

Tagline: A new age begins.

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Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in Jurassic World (2015)

1. Jurassic World (2015)

Release Date: June 12

Domestic Total Gross: $652,270,625

Opening Weekend: $208,806,270

Production Budget:  $150 million

Tagline:  The park is open.

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Matt Damon in Jason Bourne (2016)

5. Jason Bourne (2016)

Release Date: July 29

Domestic Total Gross: $162,434,410

Opening Weekend: $59,215,365

Production Budget:  $120 million

Tagline:  You know his name.

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Will Smith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, and Karen Fukuhara in Suicide Squad (2016)

4. Suicide Squad (2016)

Release Date: Aug. 5

Domestic Total Gross: $325,100,054

Opening Weekend: $133,682,248

Production Budget:  $175 million

Tagline:  Worst. Heroes. Ever.

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Louis C.K., Lake Bell, and Bobby Moynihan in The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

3. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Release Date: July 8

Domestic Total Gross: $368,384,330

Opening Weekend: $104,352,905

Production Budget: $75 million

Tagline:  Ever wonder what your pets do when you're not home?

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Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan in Captain America: Civil War (2016)

2. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Release Date: May 6

Domestic Total Gross: $408,084,349

Opening Weekend: $179,139,142

Production Budget: $250 million

Tagline:  United we stand. Divided we fall.

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Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, and Sloane Murray in Finding Dory (2016)

1. Finding Dory (2016)

Release Date: June 17

Domestic Total Gross: $486,295,561

Opening Weekend: $135,060,273

Tagline: Have you seen her?

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Dunkirk (2017)

5. Dunkirk (2017)

Release Date: July 21

Domestic Total Gross: $173,658,305

Opening Weekend: $50,513,488

Production Budget: $100 million

Tagline:  When 400,000 men couldn't get home, home came for them.

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Pierre Coffin in Despicable Me 3 (2017)

4. Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Release Date: June 30

Domestic Total Gross: $255,146,890

Opening Weekend: $72,434,025

Production Budget: $80 million

Tagline:  Oh brother.

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Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

3. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Release Date: July 7

Domestic Total Gross: $319,759,218

Opening Weekend: $117,027,503

Production Budget: $175 million

Tagline: Homework can wait. The city can't.

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Kurt Russell, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Pom Klementieff in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Release Date: May 5

Domestic Total Gross: $389,408,786

Opening Weekend: $146,510,104

Production Budget: $200 million

Tagline: You only get one chance to save the galaxy twice.

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Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman (2017)

1. Wonder Woman (2017)

Release Date: June 2

Domestic Total Gross: $406,658,251

Opening Weekend: $103,251,471

Production Budget: $149 million

Tagline: Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.