July 17, 2011

Harry Potter and the All-Time Weekend Boxoffice Record

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Deadline has the early Saturday and weekend boxoffice estimates, and this is what “frontloaded” looks like:  HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (PART 2) plummeted by 52% from Friday (including midnights) to Saturday, with the result that its $44.2M on Saturday didn’t even come close to the Spiderman 3 record of $51.3M for that day.  (These numbers would make it the 7th-best Saturday on record.)  Depending on final numbers, this could be the third-worst Saturday drop ever.  It also means Harry has little or no chance of beating Dark Knight‘s Sunday record of $43.6M.  However, it should still have enough in its tank to move past Dark Knight‘s all-time US weekend record of $158.4M–Warners’ early estimate is $163M for the weekend.  The $394M all-time global opening record held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is still in play.
Stay with SHOWBUZZDAILY for the full weekend’s estimates later today and all the latest on this exciting boxoffice weekend!

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."