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.

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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.

Update:
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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