Category: Harry Potter
Domestic Report: On Wednesday, Harry Potter edged out Star Wars to become the top-grossing franchise of all time. The eight Potter movies have accumulated $2.223 billion, compared to $2.218 billion for Star Wars.
They're also the only two franchises to have crossed the $2 billion mark, though James Bond and Batman would join when adjusted for ticket price inflation. Star Wars still trumps Potter in estimated attendance, more than doubling. It even maintains most of that margin when its re-releases are factored out.
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 broke records for best midnight debut and largest opening day, both of which were previously held by Twilight films. Potter earned $92.1 million on Friday, crushing The Twilight Saga: New Moon‘s record of $72.7 million.
The film made more money in a single day than Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone, made its entire first weekend ($90.3 million). It’s now certain that Potter will also capture the opening weekend record, currently held by The Dark Knight with $158.4 million. Count on an opening weekend of at least $180 million.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 made $42.5 million at midnight screenings in the US and Canada, according to Warner Bros. The previous record was about $30 million, set in 2009 by 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon.' Fans lined up early on Thursday for the shows.
It will earn more than $80 million domestically by the end of Friday night. The previous record for single-day receipts was also 'New Moon,' at $72.7 million. It on track to break the all-time opening weekend record of $158.4 million, set by 'The Dark Knight' in 2008.
After opening in 26 foreign markets Wednesday & an additional 17 on Thursday, the movie took in $82.5 million internationally in two days. 39 percent higher than 'Deathly Hallows Part 1' generated in its first two days in same countries.