The fifth film in the magical series, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” cast a spell on the world box-office this week.
In the US, it took in a $77.4 million opening weekend. Combined with near that amount again on its first two days of business on Wednesday and Thursday, the film tallied up a whopping $140 million in its first five days of business.
It is the biggest five-day gross the franchise has seen, and the second biggest all-time, five-day Wednesday opener behind only 2002’s “Spider-Man.” It’s opening day haul of $44.2M was the best Wednesday opening of all time.
The studio estimates it will also score the biggest first full week for a ‘Potter’ film – ‘Goblet of Fire’ took in $146M in its first full week of business, ‘Phoenix’ is expected to do $162M by the end of Tuesday.
“Phoenix” also smashed records overseas, taking in an estimated $190.3 million overseas from 44 territories, and bringing its worldwide cume to $330.3 million.
“Transformers” also held respectably in its second week, falling 49% to a $36 million haul for the weekend, and a $223 million gross so far – making it Michael Bay’s highest grossing movie.
“Ratatouille” held well with $18 million ($143 million total), as did “Live Free or Die Hard” with $7.4 million ($102.9 million total), and surprisingly the widely panned “License to Wed” which fell just 29% and took in another $7.4 million.
Not faring so well was R-rated torture porn flick “Captivity” which, despite a lavish premiere and now infamous marketing campaign, took in a woeful $1.6 million for the weekend and didn’t even crack the top ten.