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Harry Potter 8's First Day at the Box Office: Will the Weekend Slay Dark Knight's Record?

Thompson on Hollywood By Anthony D'Alessandro | Thompson on Hollywood July 15, 2011 at 8:27AM

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 charted a record midnight domestic estimate of $43.5 million from 3,800 sites, unseating previous champ The Twilight Saga: Eclipse which had earned $30 million in the slot, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.Bowing abroad on Wednesday in 26 countries, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 collected $43.6 million from 24 countries, Today, stateside, the film unspools in 4,300 venues--70% (or 3,000) of which are 3-D. Of these, 275 are IMAX hubs. While earlier projections saw Deathly Hallows: Part 2 becoming the third-highest weekend opener of all-time, the town is now predicting that the film will kick The Dark Knight's all-time Friday-Sunday record of $158.4 million in the pants.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 charted a record midnight domestic estimate of $43.5 million from 3,800 sites, unseating previous champ The Twilight Saga: Eclipse which had earned $30 million in the slot, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.


Bowing abroad on Wednesday in 26 countries, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 collected $43.6 million from 24 countries, Today, stateside, the film unspools in 4,300 venues--70% (or 3,000) of which are 3-D. Of these, 275 are IMAX hubs. While earlier projections saw Deathly Hallows: Part 2 becoming the third-highest weekend opener of all-time, the town is now predicting that the film will kick The Dark Knight's all-time Friday-Sunday record of $158.4 million in the pants.
Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is also set to topple the all-time $260-million international weekend opening bow set by Pirates 4. Though it took Transformers: Dark of the Moon a week to take in a massive $401 million, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 does have a shot at beating that record in fewer days. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the former foreign champ to Pirates 4, made $236 million in 54 markets over the July 15-19, 2009 period. While the typical domestic opening for a film is weighed at three days from Friday-Sunday, that weight is five-days abroad, spanning Wednesday-Sunday (France opens its releases in the middle of the week).

Together with its five-day domestic coin of $158 million, Half Blood Prince was the top global earner prior to Transformers 3 at $394 million. If Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is going to match the five-day opening of Half-Blood Prince in three-days stateside, and rival the $260 million Pirates 4 record, it will amass north of $418 million, easily beating Transformers 3 in less time. What's keeping all of these summer blockbusters alive this season? 3-D.

This article is related to: Box Office, Franchises, Studios, Marketing, Summer, Harry Potter, Warner Bros./New Line


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.