Harry Potter's Historic Weekend (Mania.com)

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2011

 

Records are made to be broken. That’s likely something the boy who lived would be explaining to the Dark Knight today after the latter watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 finish its first weekend with $168.6 million. Hitting nine more theaters than the Batman sequel did in 2008, the final installment in Warner Bros. Pictures’ blockbuster franchise conjured up enough sales to beat out the previous record of $158.4 million to become the biggest opening weekend of all-time.
The magical performance began with $43 mil in midnight showings leading up to a Friday debut of $92.1 mil, another opening record over that of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which pulled in $72.7 million on its opening day.
Yet another box office record was taken this weekend but it was Potter defeating himself this time. The final film summoned an amazing $307 million in its oversea debut performance and with both the domestic and foreign numbers together, increased its worldwide cume to $475.0 million.
That deserves to be said twice…
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 found $475 million in worldwide ticket sales after only its first weekend of release. The previous record holder for the worldwide opening category was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which pulled in $394 million back in 2009.
So some of the records taken down this weekend are highest weekend opening, highest worldwide opening, highest foreign opening, highest IMAX opening, highest opening day, highest Friday debut, highest midnight performance and the fastest to $100 million record.
In terms of demographics the studio revealed that females made up the majority of the audience at 54%, while 55% of those buying tickets were over the age of 25. We believe that it goes without saying in suggesting that Warner Bros. Pictures is pleased with its record breaking performance.
"It's been a great ride to have worked on all eight movies over the course of 10 years, and to watch the kids [Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson] grow up. David Yates, the director, brought this home with style and professionalism, while David Heyman produced every movie with class and dignity.” Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said."I think because it was the final chapter, a huge fanbase turned out on opening weekend, plus some people who had never seen a Potter film, but were curious.”
After securing the victory for its two weekends across the globe, Paramount and DreamWorks’ Transformers: Dark of the Moon followed in 2nd place by pulling in another $21.2 million. The film’s third frame numbers has increased its domestic tally to $302.8 million, the first film to cross the $300 million mark in domestic sales. With the pic also grabbing an amazing $460 million overseas so far, the autobots have locked down $762.8 million in global sales after only 19 days of release. The budget for Michael Bay’s latest action effort is reportedly around $195 million.
Following in 3rd place is Warner Bros. and New Line’s R-rated comedy, Horrible Bosses. The flick laughed up another $17.6 million over its sophomoric frame, dropping only 37% from its debut performance and increasing its total to $60.0 million after 10 days of release. The latest numbers has almost doubled its budget of just $35 million.
The other returning comedy for this weekend was Sony’s Zookeeper, with the Kevin James-led animal tale eating up another $12.3 million in coin. The 4th place score increased its domestic score to $42.3 million while it found another $7.5 million from its oversea premiere. With the estimates in, the worldwide box office is at $49.8 million against a budget of $80 million.
And taking up the 5th place spot is Walt Disney and Pixar’s Cars 2. Their latest animated effort dropped another 45% over its fourth weekend with the automotive adventure rolling out another $8.3 million in receipts from 3,249 theaters. The latest numbers has increased its domestic cume to $165.3 million, still well short of the $200 million price tag which comes attached to it. It should be noted that the film has also found another $121.6 million so the worldwide score is well past the budget line with a global tally of $286.9 million after 24 days in theaters.
The only remaining new wide release of this weekend was Walt Disney’s latest attempt to bring Winnie the Pooh back into the spotlight. With the film only arriving in 2,405 theaters over its first report, the animated adventure found only $8.0 million in its premiere across the nation. But unlike previous Disney efforts the studio managed to keep this film’s price down to the tune of only $30 million.
Check out the rest of the top 10 down below.
 

Rank
Movie
Weekend
Theaters
Average
Total
Budget
1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2
$168.5 mil
4,375
$38,526
$168.5 mil
 
2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
$21.2 mil
3,917
$5,425
$302.8 mil
$195
3
Horrible Bosses
$17.6 mil
3,134
$5,625
$60.0 mil
$35
4
Zookeeper
$12.3 mil
3,482
$3,532
$42.3 mil
$80
5
Cars 2
$8.3 mil
3,249
$2,568
$165.3 mil
$200
6
Winnie the Pooh
$8.0 mil
2,405
$3,326
$8.0 mil
$30
7
Bad Teacher
$5.2 mil
2,659
$1,956
$88.5 mil
$20
8
Larry Crowne
$2.5 mil
2,287
$1,125
$31.6 mil
$30
9
Super 8
$1.9 mil
1,459
$1,319
$122.2 mil
$50
10
Midnight in Paris
$1.8 mil
706
$2,678
$41.7 mil
$30

 
Here’s the worldwide summer box office race as it currently stands. Disney’s Pirates still has a sizeable lead but we can expect Transformers: Dark of the Moon and the final Harry Potter adventure to close that gap soon enough.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Numbers:
Budget: $250 mil
Opening: $90.1 mil

Domestic: $237.3 mil
Foreign: $787.0 mil
Worldwide: $1.024 bil
 
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Numbers:
Budget: $195 mil
Opening: $97.8 mil
Domestic: $302.8 mil
Foreign: $460.0 mil
Worldwide: $762.8 mil
 
Fast Five Numbers:
Budget: $125 mil
Opening: $86.1 mil

Domestic: $209.1 mil
Foreign: $393.0 mil
Worldwide: $602.2 mil
 
Kung Fu Panda 2 Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $47.6 mil

Domestic: $160.0 mil
Foreign: $422.0 mil
Worldwide: $582.0 mil
 
The Hangover II Numbers:
Budget: $80 mil
Opening: $85.9 mil

Domestic: $251.3 mil
Foreign: $310.4 mil
Worldwide: $561.7 mil
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $168.5 mil

Domestic: $168.5 mil
Foreign: $307.0 mil
Worldwide: $475.5 mil
 
Thor Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $65.7 mil

Domestic: $179.5 mil
Foreign: $265.0 mil
Worldwide: $444.5 mil
 
  
X-Men: First Class Numbers:
Budget: $160 mil
Opening: $55.1 mil

Domestic: $143.4 mil
Foreign: $200.9 mil
Worldwide: $344.4 mil
 
Cars 2 Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $66.1 mil

Domestic: $165.3 mil
Foreign: $121.6 mil
Worldwide: $286.9 mil
 
Green Lantern Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $53.1 mil

Domestic: $112.6 mil
Foreign: $33.3 mil
Worldwide: $145.9 mil
 
 
 
Friday, July 22, 2011 Releases:
Wide
Captain America: The First Avenger (3,500+)
Friends with Benefits (2,700+)
Limited
A Little Help
The Myth of an American Sleepover
Sarah’s Key
Another Earth
Singham


Series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Green Lantern, The, Green Lantern, Thor, X-Men: First Class