It’s going to be a fascinating weekend at the box-office with the launch of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” so keep checking back here for updates as they happen.
Friday Morning Update: The first domestic figures are in with DH2 pulling in $43.5 million from 3,800 locations for Thursday midnight screenings alone, easily topping previous record holder “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” with $30 million in midnight shows. IMAX theaters took in over $2 million in midnight business alone.
Globally the film is already at $105.1 million after two days, that figure is expected to skyrocket by the end of the weekend.
Saturday Morning Update: Wow. DH7.2 pulled in an absolutely incredible $92.1 million on Friday, a figure that includes that $43.5 million in midnight screenings. Without question that’s the single biggest opening day figure of all time, easily ahead of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” with $72.7 million.
Eyes now turn towards Saturday and the question of whether the film can top the $51.3 million that “Spider-Man 3” earned on its opening weekend Saturday to claim the ‘biggest second day of release’ record. Rough estimates have Potter sitting at around $180 million for the three-day weekend.
Sunday Morning Update: With an additional $42.8 million on Saturday it didn’t break the second day record, but that doesn’t matter. “Deathly Hallows Part Two” now has a three-day domestic opening weekend estimate of $168.6 million, the biggest of all time and ahead of previous record holder “The Dark Knight” at $158.4 million.
IMAX’s 274 theaters delivered $15.5 million in revenue, a record opening for the large-format exhibitor. The film earned an astounding $38,526 per screen average across 4,375 theaters. Overseas it took in an additional $75 million on Friday on top of the $82.5 million it had already earned during the week.
Sunday Afternoon Update: Warners has issued a press release confirming that the film has rung up a worldwide total of $476 million including Sunday estimates – $168.5 million domestic and just over $307 million overseas.