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'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Breaks Opening Weekend Record at $168.5M

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July 17, 2011
Source: indieWire, THR

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Another record breaking weekend for Warner Bros. It has been confirmed by THR/indieWIRE that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has broken the highest opening weekend record set by The Dark Knight with a total of $168.55 million this weekend. The previous total set by TDK was $158.4M back in 2008 (full chart), but WB is again going to smash through both of these records next year when The Dark Knight Rises hits on July 20th, 2012, I'm pretty sure of that. Deathly Hallows: Part 2, as expected with record breaking theater counts, also earned the most money at midnight out of any release at $43.5M.

I fully expected Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the end of all things, to break some major records, just because it is the end of an era for many people and the last time there was a conclusion this epic was Return of the King - and we all know what happened to that. That said, it's great to hear that it's performing extremely well, as this is very good news for Warner Bros and it just shows that fans can still drive movies to huge success. As of last Wednesday, I'd received an email from Fandango stating that "Fandango has sold more tickets for Part 2 than it has sold for any other movie this year" and that 5000 shows were sold out already.

It broke the midnight record for a domestic bow with $43.5 million (former champ The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at $30 million), the single stateside opening day [Friday] with $92.1 million (besting Twilight Saga: New Moon’s $72.7 million), the biggest IMAX bow with $15.5 million (beating Alice in Wonderland's $12 million) and the largest three-day haul for a Harry Potter film, out-pegging last November’s Deathly Hallows: Part 1's $125 million weekend. -From D'Alessandro on indieWire

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 opened on July 15th in 4,375 theaters in the US. So far it's also made around $307 million internationally, pushing this up to a global total of $476 million in earnings in just the opening weekend alone. Some are now predicting that DH:Part 2 could go on to rival the chart-topping worldwide earnings of Titanic ($1.8B) or Avatar ($2.7B), but I'm not so sure about that. I think this will have some strong legs and a lot of fan support worldwide, but considering I'm not the only one with gripes about the film, I'm just not sure it'll carry that long. We're in the thick of the summer and have big hitters coming up the next few weeks, like Captain America, Cowboys & Aliens, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, to name a few.

The only other interesting stat is this: "As for the expensive 3D conversion, well, that didn't really seem to help, with only 43 percent of the revenue being generated by premium 3D ticket sales in the US and Canada." Indeed, as expect, fans are choosing 2D over 3D more often, even though I saw Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 3D and it wasn't so bad (but wasn't so great either). In the end, I'm just glad that it's not Twilight topping the charts anymore, because this is a franchise I love as much as everyone else. We'll continue to keep an eye on the box office and will let you know if it breaks any more big records. Did you see it in 3D?

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  • Daren
    I'm also happy Twilight lost its crown, Hallows was a good movie. Now that you've broken records Warner, how about you do us all a favor and release The Dark Knight Rises teaser that ran before Potter online for all to see.
  • Lestat_Carmen
    Although there weren't that many scenes in 3D, I thought it was worth the money because at points the 3D made some of the scenes all the more beautiful, and at the risk of sounding corny more realistic.
  • Movieguy314
    The new Harry Potter has done very well for itself so far and I'm sure that 'The Dark Knight Rises' will make mega bucks when it opens but I think that 'The Hobbit' will beat both of them for opening weekend sales.
    • ?????
      I dont think so. I mean Return of the King was huge but its been a while since the last films and we still have a ways to go. The fanboys will make it big but not that big. I actually don't think The Dark Knight Rises will come close, unless the reviews are as good as The Dark Knight. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
      • AP
        I second that. One thing that's most likely for sure is that the run time will be about 3 hours long, The Hobbit. A reason why ROTK didn't break any significant records is the running time at almost 4 hours. Its like playing Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 for just ROTK alone. And as for TDK, we can all assume, besides Heath's extraordinary performance, his death was a contributing factor to such a huge opening. I wouldn't be surprised if The Hobbit Pt. 1 goes a little over the 3hr mark.   
  • When you appeal to children...
    Men who find a children's novel "a good read," and actual children are psyched.
  • ChrisINdc
    Sorry but no Batman movie will ever exceed Dark Knight due to the rush to see Heath Ledgers last big film...
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1503900114 Tyler Morgan
    I think everyone is overhyping Captain America. This might not be the place to air that, but the sentence, "we're in the thick of the summer and have big hitters coming up the next few weeks, like Captain America..." made me lose my mind. If anyone thinks Captain America will draw crowds away from seeing HP then they are insane.
  • http://twitter.com/MovieProducer Barry Sandrew, Ph.D.
    I dont get it!  "3D didn't really help"?  What part of $72.5 million of a record opening weekend that brought in $168.6 million do you not understand? To what extent did 3D improve the box office?  That's the question and by simply stating a relative percentage doesn't indicate anything about 3D other than the combination of 2D and 3D theaters gave the film the highest weekend box office ever.
  • Cody W.
    Where is the DKR trailer?
  • Anonymous
    in 2008 movie tickets were $7.50 instead of $9.50.  Opening records mean nothing anymore.
    • Cody W.
      Good point, records will effortlessly constantly be broken as long as inflation keeps going up.
      • Reply
        most statistics take into account inflation when deciding the true record holders 
        • Cody W.
          O good to know.
  • Gugalde1012
    Record should be measure in tickets sold, or as in attendance. Movie prices, keep going up, so it means nothing, when movies breaks records these days. Example, Avatar,  "the highest grossing movie of all time", when measure in tickets sold, or attendance, it's not even in the top 10 of the most watched movies of all times. It's #14.
    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MTEO7RKG3IO7LOJZ3GJJ5NSOOI john s
      i agree
    • Tylerbg96
      They take in inflation and 3-d sales when they are deciding the highest grossing film of all time so I don't know where you got you statistics but avatar is still 1 the dark knight in 2 and titanic is still 3
  • Alboone
    Watch out for the Avengers and TDKR. You want to talk about records being blown out the water. Forget it. If Cap soars, then 168 opening will be an afterthought. The last Nolan Batman flick, a little tricky. Even though the mainstream has no idea who Bane is, yet nevertheless there's too much goodwill going in to this third one for people not to pass up.
  • Alboone
    "Record should be measure in tickets sold, or as in attendance. Movie prices, keep going up, so it means nothing, when movies breaks records these days. Example, Avatar, "the highest grossing movie of all time", when measure in tickets sold, or attendance, it's not even in the top 10 of the most watched movies of all times. It's #14." Couldn't agree more.
    • Sebastianan001
      No records should be measure as the way they are. We are paying more because of cutting edge technology, projectors, etc. It wouldn't be fair to pay $2 to watch Avatar on 3D. Records are measure by numbers not by attendance. Numbers is what counts the rest is history.

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