Harry Potter Breaks Records At The Box Office

Another record setting weekend at the box office thanks to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It all started on Friday, when the film brought in a record $92.1 million. Now that the Saturday is over, the weekend estimate for the film is over $168.5 million. This is the new record, which was previously held by The Dark Knight‘s opening weekend at $158.4 million – when you account for inflation, Harry Potter would actually be $173 million in comparison. After this weekend, the film now holds four records: largest midnight gross ($43.5 million), largest opening day ($92.1 million), largest opening weekend ($168.5 million) and largest IMAX opening ($15.5 million from 274 locations). I’d say the Potter franchise went out with band, don’t you think?

The other film that opened this weekend was Winnie The Pooh, which didn’t have that strong of an opening (probably because most people were at Potter). The film (which is the first traditional non-3D cartoon I’ve seen out in ages) brought in only $8 million this weekend, but experts feel that it should pick up because there is still a lot of online interest for the film.

Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon became the first film of 2011 to break the $300 million mark this weekend. In the number two spot this weekend, Transformers now has a grand total of $302.8 million since its opening. Looks like it’ll be between Harry Potter & Transformers as to which film will bring in the most for 2011.

Check out the Top 10 list for the weekend below. Did you see any of the films?

Fri, Jul. 15 – Sun, Jul. 17

  • 1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II: $168,550,000 (opening)
  • 2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon: $21,250,000 ($302,800,252 (total)
  • 3. Horrible Bosses: $17,630,000 ($60,002,139 total)
  • 4. Zookeeper: $12,300,000 ($42,352,466 total)
  • 5. Cars 2: $8,344,000 ($165,326,225 total)
  • 6. Winnie the Pooh: $8,000,000 (opening)
  • 7. Bad Teacher : $5,200,000 ($88,505,192 total)
  • 8. Larry Crowne: $2,572,875 ($31,627,885 total)
  • 9. Super 8: $1,925,000 ($122,241,982 total)
  • 10. Mr. Popper’s Penguins: $1,350,000 ($61,454,661 total)