July 15, 2011

HARRY POTTER: One Record Down

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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The Hogwarts Express has started its journey:  last night’s midnight showings of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (PART 2) blew past the previous midnight record of $30M (Twilight:  Eclipse) and grossed an incredible $43.5M from those screenings alone.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, this included sold-out houses for every single 3D midnight performance in the country.  (My review is here.)  Just for a little context, that midnight gross alone is already the highest single-day boxoffice take of 2011, beating the full opening day of Transformers:  Dark of the Moon, which mustered a mere $37.7M.

Next:  the single day all-time record is currently $72.7M, held by Twilight:  New Moon.  With $43.5M already in Harry’s Gringotts account, it’s hard to imagine that one will stand for more than a few more hours…

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."