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Weekend Box-Office: July 15-17, 2011

07.17.2011

Potter breaks Dark Knight record...

I guess the biggest question going into this past weekend wasn't whether the latest HARRY POTTER movie would finish atop the box-office charts (that was a given), but whether or not it could break THE DARK KNIGHT opening weekend record of $158M set by Christopher Nolan et al back in 2008. As it turns out, Potter and friends did so with about $10M to spare! (that said, it actually sold fewer tickets than TDK, but with inflation and the bloated 3D prices, it surpassed the Gotham Crusader's figures). Here are the top 10 biggest domestic openings of all-time: 

1. HARRY POTTER... DEATHLY HALLOWS (PART 2): $168M
2. THE DARK KNIGHT: $158M
3. SPIDER-MAN 3: $151M
4. NEW MOON: $143M
5. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2: $136M
6. IRON MAN 2: $128M
7. HARRY POTTER... DEATHLY HALLOWS (PART 1): $125M
8. SHREK 3: $122M
9. ALICE IN WONDERLAND: $116M
10. SPIDER-MAN: $115M

It's interesting to note that the only two "original" movies on that list are ALICE IN WONDERLAND and SPIDER-MAN, while the rest are all sequels of some kind. Internationally, the latest POTTER film broke yet another record, this one for the "biggest worldwide opening of all-time", as it made over $475M in its first weekend of release, which beat the previous record of $394M, also held by a POTTER flick (...AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE). Just think about that first number though, $475M...that's almost half a billion dollars in a weekend!! If these numbers continue as such, the last installment of the POTTER franchise may also become the first in the franchise to cross the BILLION dollar mark (the highest overall grossing POTTER film is HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR'S STONE with $975M).

The latest POTTER flick also managed the biggest opening day of all-time, scoring $92M on Friday alone, which was about $20M better than NEW MOON which held the record since 2009 with $72M. There are actually 3 HARRY POTTER movies in the top 8 for "best opening day" and 2 TWILIGHT flicks. You can see the entire list HERE. Some other records that it broke include the biggest debut for a midnight show ($44M), best domestic opening in IMAX theaters ($15M) and the best worldwide IMAX debut ($24M), which actually beat the latest TRANSFORMERS movie's recent debut of $20M. 

But don't cry for Michael Bay just yet, his latest TRANSFORMERS movie slipped to #2 this weekend, but still managed to add another $21M to its coffers, which bumped its overall domestic total to $302M, making it the first film of the year to cross the $300M mark and obviously placing it in 1st place overall for 2011. It was also nice to see Woody Allen's MIDNIGHT IN PARIS return to the top 10 this weekend (it's very rare that a film drops out of the top 10, only to return thereafter), as it officially becomes Allen's highest-grossing movie of all-time. I'm a big fan of Woody Allen's work (mostly his early stuff and all the way through to the 80s), so I'm happy for the man, even though his overall quality of work had dropped in the past decade or so.

Next weekend sees the release of two "big movies" including the very awesome Justin Timberlake (sorry folks, I think the dude is uber-talented) and very adorable Mila Kunis (no need to be sorry here, she simply rocks!) in FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, as well as the final "comic book hero" movie of the summer in CAPTAIN AMERICA starring that "flame on" dude from the FANTASTIC FOUR movies. So how stoked are you to seeing CAPTAIN AMERICA on the big screen? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 $168.6 M
NEW
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon $21.3 M $302.8 M
3. Horrible Bosses $17.6 M $60 M
4. Zookeeper $12.3 M $42.4 M
5. Cars 2 $8.3 M $165.3 M
6. Winnie the Pooh $8 M
NEW
7. Bad Teacher $5.2 M $88.5 M
8. Larry Crowne $2.6 M $31.6 M
9. Super 8 $1.9 M $122.2 M
10. Midnight in Paris $1.8 M $41.8 M

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