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Harry Potter's Historic Weekend

Final Harry Potter film conjures $475 million worldwide.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 17, 2011

Final Harry Potter film takes down records in global debut
© Warner Bros. Pictures


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.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2
$168.5 mil
$168.5 mil
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
$21.2 mil
$302.8 mil
Horrible Bosses
$17.6 mil
$60.0 mil
$12.3 mil
$42.3 mil
Cars 2
$8.3 mil
$165.3 mil
Winnie the Pooh
$8.0 mil
$8.0 mil
Bad Teacher
$5.2 mil
$88.5 mil
Larry Crowne
$2.5 mil
$31.6 mil
Super 8
$1.9 mil
$122.2 mil
Midnight in Paris
$1.8 mil
$41.7 mil

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:
Captain America: The First Avenger (3,500+)
Friends with Benefits (2,700+)
A Little Help
The Myth of an American Sleepover
Sarah’s Key
Another Earth


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vitieddie 7/17/2011 11:26:54 PM

The finale was interesting and perhaps more poignant than the previous films. I got lost trying to piece together the past characters and events. Fans will no doubt love the film. I found it above average (3.5 stars out of 5).

Its fortunate that Warner is going to make some $$$ this summer after the disaster of GL at the BO.

raa2001 7/18/2011 12:28:11 AM

 Damn, thats a lot of money

raa2001 7/18/2011 12:29:53 AM

... and no matter how bad the economy is, people will spend at the movie theater.

hanso 7/18/2011 3:11:38 AM

 man a lot of people really wanted to see that the dark knight rises trailer.

Calibur454 7/18/2011 3:45:01 AM

lol hanso- yeah the dark knight rises will take back the win when it hits. I betcha that.....

Dazzler 7/18/2011 4:34:14 AM

HP was ok to good.  They did not do all the tricks they learned in the movies leading up to this?  They used the junk they used but not the spells or tricks?  All the fighting was like Jedi ripoff wand vs wand who has the bigger piss energy stream and they shoot fricken lazers?  Dissappointed in the fighting.  Seems like the movie coming out was more important than the movie itself.  I never watched these more than once each. 


Better than Bayformers however....


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I wish they would have used the most powerful wand ever known to rebuild Hoggsworth.  And I wanted to see Hoggsworth at the end. 

evilbeagle 7/18/2011 4:34:28 AM

Dark Knight Rises will not make more than The Dark Knight unless Christian Bale dies in post production before the release.  I'm telling you it's a fact.

ElBaz13 7/18/2011 5:14:00 AM

Wow that's a lot of cash!

Glad to see it have that success and loved the movie too.

My only worry is how this will affect Cap's box office numbers. I'm rooting for mega success on the Cap movie to continue the Marvel Studios movies. More money = more movies. If Cap "flops" thanks to Potter, are we going to see more Cap movies? Some many movies and some already gone from my local theatres and I have yet to see (Super 8, Kung Fu Panda 2)

As for the DK Rises teaser. meh.

karas1 7/18/2011 5:25:20 AM

The Dark Knight Rises trailer wasn't that good.  The Sherlock Holmes II trailer was much more entertaining.

I saw Harry Potter twice this weekend with two different groups of friends.  I really liked it.

Hobbs 7/18/2011 5:32:26 AM

Basically, HP needed 3D sales to beat TDK record.  I actually thought it was going to break 200 in the U.S.  I'm very surprised it was only 10 mil more than what TDK did.

Don't get me wrong, the thing is going to make well over 1 bil when all is said and done worldwide but I'm talking about weekend domestic numbers.

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