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Harry Potter 8’s First Day at the Box Office: Will the Weekend Slay Dark Knight’s Record?

Harry Potter 8's First Day at the Box Office: Will the Weekend Slay Dark Knight's Record?

Thompson on Hollywood

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 charted a record midnight domestic estimate of $43.5 million from 3,800 sites, unseating previous champ The Twilight Saga: Eclipse which had earned $30 million in the slot, reports Anthony D’Alessandro.

Bowing abroad on Wednesday in 26 countries, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 collected $43.6 million from 24 countries, Today, stateside, the film unspools in 4,300 venues–70% (or 3,000) of which are 3-D. Of these, 275 are IMAX hubs. While earlier projections saw Deathly Hallows: Part 2 becoming the third-highest weekend opener of all-time, the town is now predicting that the film will kick The Dark Knight‘s all-time Friday-Sunday record of $158.4 million in the pants.

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is also set to topple the all-time $260-million international weekend opening bow set by Pirates 4. Though it took Transformers: Dark of the Moon a week to take in a massive $401 million, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 does have a shot at beating that record in fewer days. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the former foreign champ to Pirates 4, made $236 million in 54 markets over the July 15-19, 2009 period. While the typical domestic opening for a film is weighed at three days from Friday-Sunday, that weight is five-days abroad, spanning Wednesday-Sunday (France opens its releases in the middle of the week).

Together with its five-day domestic coin of $158 million, Half Blood Prince was the top global earner prior to Transformers 3 at $394 million. If Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is going to match the five-day opening of Half-Blood Prince in three-days stateside, and rival the $260 million Pirates 4 record, it will amass north of $418 million, easily beating Transformers 3 in less time. What’s keeping all of these summer blockbusters alive this season? 3-D.

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After watching a midnight showing I predicted it would make at least 171m and beat Dark Knight. Now it looks like I estimated too low. Holy crap this thing is gonna be huge!


We’ll see Sugreeb — I think the studios will be cautious of 3D cost if they can’t make it back on the right film. Question–will more superhero films use it? Auds were either put off or divided by Green Lantern and Thor. Spider-man 4 will be probably justified in its 3D due to the flying sequences.


My only gripe – more unnecessary 3D films next summer because of back to back smashes.

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