Courtesy: New Line

Sex and the City 2 started off this long holiday weekend with a bang ... scoring over $14 million from Thursday night alone!

The New Line dramedy is expected to bring in over $60 million through this Memorial Day weekend.

Aside from the box office totals, the local economy is expected to surge with all of the pre-movie parties planned by SATC 2 moviegoers.

Up against Carrie and the girls this weekend ... a ripped Jake Gyllenhall in Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Now that's some stiff competition. May the sexiest movie win!