Harry makes Historical Magic at the Box Office

Everyone knew it would be big, but did they know it would be this big? Well, I dare say I did when I say that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 would break all kinds of box office records. And it did. The film (which I gave a fantastic “A” grade too) cast its magical spell over the weekend to the tune of a huge $168.6 million giving it the best debut weekend ever besting The Dark Knight’s $158.4 million in 2008. It also broke the records for biggest midnight launch, biggest first day ($92 million), biggest international weekend and biggest worldwide weekend with a massive global take of $475.5 million in its first three days. Holy Harry! Now the question is how high will it go or how hard will it fall as the Potter films are notoriously front-loaded in terms of box office gross. I say the film will end up the highest grossing of the series in the U.S. and the world-beating the first Harry movie. Stay tuned… Faring well against the boy wizard were Horrible Bosses and Zookeeper which only slid 37% and 38% respectively in their second weekends and Midnight in Paris which slipped only 28% for a total of $41.7 million making it Woody Allen’s biggest grosser to date. (However it’s not it’s not the most attended Woody movie. That title still belongs to Annie Hall.) … Opening to poor results was the new Disney animated film, Winnie the Pooh, which was an afterthought for moviegoers taking in just $8 million. For more on the records and the box office, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 WB $168,550,000 – 4,375 – $38,526 $168,550,000 – 1
2 1 Transformers: Dark of the Moon P/DW $21,250,000 -54.9% 3,917 -171 $5,425 $302,800,000 $195 3
3 2 Horrible Bosses WB (NL) $17,630,000 -37.7% 3,134 +94 $5,625 $60,002,000 $35 2
4 3 Zookeeper Sony $12,300,000 -38.7% 3,482 – $3,532 $42,352,000 $80 2
5 4 Cars 2 BV $8,344,000 -45.1% 3,249 -741 $2,568 $165,326,000 $200 4
6 N Winnie the Pooh BV $8,000,000 – 2,405 – $3,326 $8,000,000 $30 1
7 5 Bad Teacher Sony $5,200,000 -41.7% 2,659 -303 $1,956 $88,505,000 $20 4
8 6 Larry Crowne Uni. $2,573,000 -56.7% 2,287 -689 $1,125 $31,628,000 $30 3
9 7 Super 8 Par. $1,925,000 -60.2% 1,459 -833 $1,319 $122,242,000 $50 6
10 11 Midnight in Paris SPC $1,891,000 -28.2% 706 -113 $2,678 $41,793,000 $30 9

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