The final installment of the mega popular Harry Potter series has made it through its opening weekend in theatres.
Over $132 million were sold in ticket sales before the film was even released. Many predicted that this much anticipated movie would make over $150 million dollars in ticket sales overall. However, domestically, the film had already reach $92.1 million on opening day, breaking the previous record of $72 million set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon. It also surpassed the previous values for best domestic gross by $30 million set by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. By the end of the weekend Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 had reached $168 million in the US! The films unprecedented numbers break records in the US, Canada, and the UK.
Of course, no one is that surprised at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2's magical success. It's the biggest movie phenomenon on the planet. I remember when 'ET' was the highest earning movie all-time -- $870 million. With Harry Potter, you're talking $6 billion, said actor Richard Griffiths who plays Harry's uncle Vernon. The franchise has been deemed Hollywood's highest earning franchise in history.
Perhaps, few realized Deathly Hallows Part 2 would even shatter the previous US record for opening weekend sales of $158.4 million set by The Dark Knight in 2008. Overseas, the final film alone has broken international debuting records as well. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides previously covered that ground with $260.4 million. However, Deathly Hallows Part 2 breezed right pass the Disney film with $307 million in 59 countries since Wednesday. Although the numbers for opening weekend are set, Warner Bros. distributors are still keeping their hopes high for much more earnings. Dan Fellman, the head of domestic distribution for Warner predicted: A billion dollars is definitely going to happen.
Right below Harry Potter on the US top ten weekend box office ranking is Transformers: Dark of the Moon with $21.2 million, followed by Horrible Bosses- $17.6 million, and Zookeeper-$12.3. Well, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has a way to go to reach a billion. But when you consider the fact that the film has earned more money than the rest of the films on the box office ranking...combined...times 2, then you think...maybe it will.