July 14, 2011

HARRY POTTER: The Boxoffice Begins

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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The Hollywood Reporter has the early numbers on Wednesday’s international opening days for HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (PART 2), and they’re even more sensational than expected.  In only 26 markets (more will open today, and by tomorrow the film will be everywhere except China, where it opens August 4), the movie has grossed an incredible $43.6M already, which is 82% ahead of the pace of Deathly Hallows (Part 1).  This includes the biggest opening day of all time in Australia, Italy, Norway, Holland, Denmark, Belgium and Finland–and the biggest Wednesday opening in France.  
Add to that the $13M $25M in tickets sold just for US midnight shows tonight (just behind the last Twilight movie’s record $30M–so far), and the total of $32M in online ticket sales domestically.
At SHOWBUZZDAILY, we’re predicting the third-highest opening weekend ever in the US (see Mitch Metcalf’s weekend predictions), and globally the all-time record of $394M could be in the movie’s grasp.  Stay with us all weekend for what may be a historic weekend at the boxoffice.

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."