Harry Potter aka The Boy who Lived fanatics are at it again.
After stealing the crown of highest grossing midnight screenings film away from Twilight:Eclipse by a whooping $13.5 million to set the record at $43.5 million dollars, Harry and his friends weren’t done breaking records just yet.
The final film in the hugely successful Potter franchise earned a cool $169 million(4,375 theaters, 3,000 of which were 3D)over the weekend dethroning another Warner Brother’s film The Dark Knight’s $158.4M its opening weekend. Not only does it become the holder of the highest earning opening weekend record but Part 2 of the Deathly Hallows and J.K. Rowling’s final book completely outdistanced Deathly Hallows Part 1 which only earned a paltry $125 Million its opening weekend.
After casting a spell on audiences across the world for the midnight screenings, Harry did it again on Friday as the film earned another box office record title by earning approx. 92.1 million on Friday once again stealing the crown from a Twilight film albeit this time New Moon. Warner Brother’s estimates that Deathly Hallows Part 2 earned approx $43 million on Saturday and appox. $33.6 on Sunday which still puts Deathly Hallows in the Top 10 earners for a Sat./Sun.
The last record the film set in North America was largest IMAX opening by a film with $15.5 million dollars stealing the crown away from 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. The one record Deathly Hallows didn’t break was largest 3D opening which is still held by Alice in Wonderland at $81.3 million(DH only earned $73 million).
After setting new records in North America, Harry Potter wasn’t done yet as new records were set across Europe and numerous foreign markets. In native Britain the film earned $37 million which represented the biggest 3 day opening weekend there. As well as in Australia with $26.7 million, even though no records were broken else where it still brought it the bucks such as in Germany($25.7), France($23.9), Mexico($15.3), Italy($15.1) and Spain with $8.3 million. Take all this into account with other markets and Deathly Hallows sailed to the Foreign Box Office Record with a total of just over $307 million which completely oblterates the record of $260.4 million held by Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides
After adding together the North American and Foreign Box Office earnings, Part 2 of Deathly Hallows earned another title by sailing to the worldwide opening weekend record with a astronomical $476 million(in 1 weekend!) surpassing the record of $394 held by it’s franchise brother Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. With almost half a billion in earnings Potter will certainly pass the $1 billion mark in the next couple of days which would set another record of becoming the fastest film to $1 billion dollars in earnings passing the latest Transformers which just set the record 2 weeks ago. DH is already set to become the highest earning Potter film of the franchise and most certainly will hit the $1 billion mark which would make it the 3rd film this year to do.
Now the entire Harry Potter film francise to this date has now earned $2.177 billion dollars and is setting its sights on passing Star Wars as the top grossing film franchise which Star Wars currently holds with earnings of $2.218 billion.
So for now Harry Potter fanatics have one thing to say: Mischief Managed!