Latest Movie News Headlines

Harry Potter blows past Twilight with $43M in midnight showings

Jul. 15, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Expect to hear a few stories like this over the weekend of how many records Harry Potter will set. It's already knocked out one in a few hours after its release, and it's unseated a rival fantasy book series in the process.

Yes, the previous midnight showing record was held by Twilight. ECLIPSE sold $30M worht of tickets to Twi-hards everywhere, but it's been no match for the Harry Potter army. DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 brought in $43.5 million from midnight showings, demolishing that record.

The question now is if HARRY POTTER can unseat THE DARK KNIGHT's $158M opening weekend, the highest of all time. Potter has 3D ticket sales on its side, something THE DARK KNIGHT didn't offer, and even if patrons normally wouldn't pick a 3D showing, they might have to shell out the extra cash in order to find a non-sold out show. As seems to be the case with blockbusters these days, there are a handful of typical 2D times, but IMAX and 3D hold the vast majority of the showtimes, and it can be hard to avoid them even if you're trying to.

Thursday and Friday will undoubtedly be Potter's biggest days, and the question is how much it will drop off for the other half of the weekend. Probably significantly, but even with diehards racing to the theater, there will be many who will wait, and some that might have to if enough Friday times are sold out.

Will Potter beat Batman? I think it could, and unfortunately if it does, will have 3D to thank.

Extra Tidbit: Sometimes in my theaters now there isn't even a 2D OPTION now. Hooray, the future.
Source: Deadline

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

1:02PM on 07/15/2011
They just showed those sparkly vampires who's fucking boss.
They just showed those sparkly vampires who's fucking boss.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:40PM on 07/15/2011
...with their sparkly wands.
...with their sparkly wands.
4:02PM on 07/16/2011
you've never seen Harry Potter have you? It's OK.. it was a nice try.
you've never seen Harry Potter have you? It's OK.. it was a nice try.
3:19PM on 07/15/2011
Tuck Fwilight.
Tuck Fwilight.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+28
3:47PM on 07/15/2011
Up yours Twilight and Transformers.
Up yours Twilight and Transformers.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+28
3:16PM on 07/15/2011
Good for the Potter crew, and as far as it passing TDK because of 3D... who cares? Does that really make any difference? A bajillion dollars versus a bajillion and one dollars?

Also as far as TDKR goes, the crowd just seemed confused by the trailer.
Good for the Potter crew, and as far as it passing TDK because of 3D... who cares? Does that really make any difference? A bajillion dollars versus a bajillion and one dollars?

Also as far as TDKR goes, the crowd just seemed confused by the trailer.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:49PM on 07/15/2011
The dark knight fans care and since your so good at research you should know that a bajillion isn't a real amount of money. You also would be confused by the trailer seeing that it was a teaser and not a trailer. Go back to your trailer
The dark knight fans care and since your so good at research you should know that a bajillion isn't a real amount of money. You also would be confused by the trailer seeing that it was a teaser and not a trailer. Go back to your trailer
+24
2:10PM on 07/15/2011
I don't care for the Potter movies I've seen, so I gladly agreed to work concierge for the midnight show at my theater... and it was a great time! So many excited people (800+) came in for our midnight shows all dressed up and having so much fun. We served "butterbeer" and "polyjuice", alcoholic concoctions based on items from the lore.I don't foresee the "Breaking Dawn" midnight show being quite so lively. Hell, one guy was dressed up as the sorting hat and went around draping his costume
I don't care for the Potter movies I've seen, so I gladly agreed to work concierge for the midnight show at my theater... and it was a great time! So many excited people (800+) came in for our midnight shows all dressed up and having so much fun. We served "butterbeer" and "polyjuice", alcoholic concoctions based on items from the lore.I don't foresee the "Breaking Dawn" midnight show being quite so lively. Hell, one guy was dressed up as the sorting hat and went around draping his costume over people and declaring "HUFFLE PUFF!!"
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:34PM on 07/15/2011
Fuck Twilight.. seriously.. fuck that noise.
Fuck Twilight.. seriously.. fuck that noise.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:07PM on 07/15/2011
Yeah, Fuck that ruckus!
Yeah, Fuck that ruckus!
+17
1:57PM on 07/15/2011
I saw this last night and it was a huge opening. The biggest lines I have seen for any film ever. Even when I was leaving, there were still massive lines for the 3 AM showings, and my theater never has any 3 AM showings. I can't complain about this breaking any records, it was a good film. Now, if the new Twilight films do better, then I will have something to complain about.
I saw this last night and it was a huge opening. The biggest lines I have seen for any film ever. Even when I was leaving, there were still massive lines for the 3 AM showings, and my theater never has any 3 AM showings. I can't complain about this breaking any records, it was a good film. Now, if the new Twilight films do better, then I will have something to complain about.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:15PM on 07/17/2011
i think every Tweelight hater/loather or whatnot would riot if it did better than HP: TDH (Part 2) except for the Tweelight fans of course and im thinking in order to break that record..tweelight will probably see that movie 2 or 3x but i hope and pray it will never happen..*shivers*
i think every Tweelight hater/loather or whatnot would riot if it did better than HP: TDH (Part 2) except for the Tweelight fans of course and im thinking in order to break that record..tweelight will probably see that movie 2 or 3x but i hope and pray it will never happen..*shivers*
5:40PM on 07/15/2011

Harry Potter ROCKS!!!!

Harry Potter just shot Edward in the head, Hermione slapped the shit out of Bella and Ron just ran over Jacob. In other words, FUCK YOU TWILIGHT!
Harry Potter just shot Edward in the head, Hermione slapped the shit out of Bella and Ron just ran over Jacob. In other words, FUCK YOU TWILIGHT!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:11PM on 07/17/2011
AMEN Brother
AMEN Brother
2:49PM on 07/15/2011
Also, Suck It Twilight!
Also, Suck It Twilight!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:33PM on 07/15/2011
Real men don't sparkle, real men defeat dark wizards. (I saw that on a t-shirt)
Real men don't sparkle, real men defeat dark wizards. (I saw that on a t-shirt)
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:10PM on 07/17/2011
I want THAT T-Shirt...Best T-SHIRT E-V-E-R
I want THAT T-Shirt...Best T-SHIRT E-V-E-R
4:21PM on 07/15/2011

Potter!!

The Pottheads are out in full force!
The Pottheads are out in full force!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:06PM on 07/15/2011

it's ok

The Dark Knight Rises will defeat all the records if it has to.
The Dark Knight Rises will defeat all the records if it has to.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:58AM on 07/17/2011
The MAIN reason Dark Knight did so much business was because of Heath Ledger/ Joker. It was such an iconic character and performance, and his death drove up the hype. I don't think that many people care about Bain as a villain. I know I don't. Even if it is the end of the triolgy, it wont come anywhere near the last Bat flick.
The MAIN reason Dark Knight did so much business was because of Heath Ledger/ Joker. It was such an iconic character and performance, and his death drove up the hype. I don't think that many people care about Bain as a villain. I know I don't. Even if it is the end of the triolgy, it wont come anywhere near the last Bat flick.
+4
11:50AM on 07/16/2011
Flick pulled in 92mil on Friday according to the mojo... the weekend record is pretty much in the bag at this point.
Flick pulled in 92mil on Friday according to the mojo... the weekend record is pretty much in the bag at this point.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+1
7:47PM on 07/17/2011
bravo if it does
bravo if it does
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:43PM on 07/15/2011
in answer to the big question...yes HP will beat TDK though i think not by much i'm guessing $160 million for Potter
in answer to the big question...yes HP will beat TDK though i think not by much i'm guessing $160 million for Potter
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:49PM on 07/15/2011
Dark Knight was in Imax too, so 3D is a boost but not a massive one to Potter. Plus...this movie is amazing all around! I love Dark Knight, but it seemed when The Joker was off screen you were waiting for him to come back. You really care about every character in Potter, they've been developed so well.
Dark Knight was in Imax too, so 3D is a boost but not a massive one to Potter. Plus...this movie is amazing all around! I love Dark Knight, but it seemed when The Joker was off screen you were waiting for him to come back. You really care about every character in Potter, they've been developed so well.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:54PM on 07/15/2011
It's still a boost. There are only so many IMAX theaters compared to just... putting 3D on every single screen.
It's still a boost. There are only so many IMAX theaters compared to just... putting 3D on every single screen.
4:32AM on 07/16/2011
I loved harry potter but the dark knight it is not.
I loved harry potter but the dark knight it is not.
1:39PM on 07/17/2011
Eh, HP can have the new weekend record. You know TDKR will just take it back.
Eh, HP can have the new weekend record. You know TDKR will just take it back.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:50PM on 07/16/2011
I tried to watch this dorky shit once before and I gave up 20 minutes into it.
I tried to watch this dorky shit once before and I gave up 20 minutes into it.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:35PM on 07/15/2011
no worries The Dark Knight Rises will take the cake when its released next year.
no worries The Dark Knight Rises will take the cake when its released next year.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-12
1:38PM on 07/15/2011
I got news for you--The Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer is not showing before all HP screenings. It was not in front of it in Dallas and many other places. It put a damper on my night to not be able to see it---And just wait till Breaking Dawn Part 1 comes out. I am sure it will break the record again. If not Part 2 definitely will. It is the wrath of the Twihards to claim that record back.
I got news for you--The Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer is not showing before all HP screenings. It was not in front of it in Dallas and many other places. It put a damper on my night to not be able to see it---And just wait till Breaking Dawn Part 1 comes out. I am sure it will break the record again. If not Part 2 definitely will. It is the wrath of the Twihards to claim that record back.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:58PM on 07/15/2011
Doubt it. Potter fans include boys and girls, men and women. Twilight has 9 - 15 year old girls.
Doubt it. Potter fans include boys and girls, men and women. Twilight has 9 - 15 year old girls.
1:33PM on 07/15/2011

Lulzy Potter!

Don't you know you owe your profits to the Dark Knight Rises teaser showing before you? We all know that is the main reason we are buying tickets to see you.
Don't you know you owe your profits to the Dark Knight Rises teaser showing before you? We all know that is the main reason we are buying tickets to see you.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:19PM on 07/17/2011
Wow -24?! Some people can't take a joke. Those are most likely the ones who have an IQ around their age range...
Wow -24?! Some people can't take a joke. Those are most likely the ones who have an IQ around their age range...
View All Comments

Latest Movie News Headlines


Top
Loading...
JoBlo's T-Shirt Shoppe | support our site... Wear Our Gear!