Indiana Jones Enjoys Box Office Gold

Harrison Ford better keep hitting the gym if Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull continues to dominate the box office.

In the first four days of release including the special Thursday night midnight showings, Crystal Skull earned an estimated $126 million domestically and $143 internationally, bringing the worldwide four-day total to a whopping $269 million.

Paramount has projected another $25 million domestically on Monday to complete the Memorial Day opening, which would catapult Crystal Skull’s five-day domestic take to $151 million. For reference, the all-time five-day box office king is Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End which came in at $153 million. Crystal Skull’s projections would place it solely in second place.

With these numbers and the suggestive closing scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it’s hard to imagine George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and newcomer Shia LaBeouf not cranking out a fifth installment in the near future.

George Lucas has already publicly stated he’d love to do a fifth film starring Shia LaBeouf’s Mutt Williams character, with Harrison Ford’s Indy being relegated to a supporting role ala Sean Connery in Last Crusade.

For now, we’ll anxiously await the arrival of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Blu-ray Disc, with (fingers crossed) the original trilogy in high definition as well.

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