Monday, July 18, 2011

Deathly Hallows 2: biggest U.S. weekend opening ever

After mentioning in a post last night that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) now holds the best single-day U.S. box office haul ever, the eighth and final Harry Potter film has now also scored the biggest U.S. weekend box office opening ever. I am ecstatic!

Deathly Hallows 2 earned a whopping $169.2 million from Friday through Sunday (originally estimated at $168.6 million), a record previously held by The Dark Knight, which took in $158.4 million. Even if box office receipts for Sunday are still based on estimates (as final figures are yet to be released), I don't think the figure will drop by $10 million if ever it does. So Harry and Voldemort are secured of their spot. For now, of course, until another mega-blockbuster knocks them off and steals their record.


It remains to be seen, though, whether Deathly Hallows 2 can surpass Dark Knight's domestic haul of $533.3 million, considering that only two Potter movies made it past the $300 million mark: 2001's The Sorcerer's Stone ($317.6 million) and 2009's The Half-Blood Prince ($302 million).

Outside the U.S., Deathly Hallows 2 also broke the record for biggest international release ($307 million), which was briefly held by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides not too long ago. Overall, this last Potter film has grossed $475.6 million worldwide, obviously another record.

This is just the opening, though. Total box office haul is another story. But I'll be watching.

As of the week ending August 14, 2011, Hallows 2 is no. 3 worldwide in terms of box office gross with $1.2 billion. It falls below James Cameron's Avatar and Titanic duopoly, and I seriously believe it won't go any further in the rankings. Titanic's $1.8 billion is a tough number to beat, and is secure at no. 2 for now.


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