Families came out in droves to catch “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” the PG-13 adventure starring Harrison Ford as the whip-cracking archaeologist who took 19 years to return to the big screen.

In a summer that has already seen “Iron Man” earn record numbers, “Indiana Jones” ran through the competition, scoring $126.1 million on its opening weekend. The haul was the second-biggest Memorial Day weekend opening on record, behind only last year’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, which earned $139.8 million.

The film raked in an additional $25 million on Thursday, bringing the fourth episode of the Harrison Ford franchise a stunning $151.1 million. Analysts had considered “Crystal Skull” a threat to the record holder, “Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” which took in $172.8 million in 2005. But Crystal Skull ended up No. 5 among biggest five-day debuts, according to USA Today.

More than two-thirds of the audience was 25 or older — nearly a third of them parents, according to USA Today’s Scott Bowles. Though teenage boys create bigger debuts, family movies tend to stay in theaters longer.

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In second place over the holiday weekend was “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” with $28.6 million, and “Iron Man” came in a strong third with $26.7 million, making its total gross to date $258 million.

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Box Office Grosses
Week Ending Memorial Day May 26, 2008

Rank Title Weekend Total Gross
1 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crytal Skull (2008) $126 M $151 M
2 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) $28.6 M $96.7 M
3 Iron Man (2008) $25.6 M $258 M
4 What Happens in Vegas… (2008) $11.2 M $56.4 M
5 Speed Racer (2008) $5.21 M $37.4 M
6 Baby Mama (2008) $4.21 M $53 M
7 Made of Honor (2008) $4.2 M $39.9 M
8 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) $2.2 M $58.7 M
9 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) $1.2 M $36.2 M
10 The Visitor (2007/I) $912 K $4.57 M