Harry Potter Breaks The Dark Knight ‘s Opening Weekend Record


The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 conjured up a record $168.6 million in North America its first three days, surpassing the previous opening weekend record of $158.4 million set by The Dark Knight in 2008. The final “Harry Potter” movie opened in 4,375 theaters and averaged $38,526 per location. The film also claimed the biggest midnight debut ever with $43.5 million, the biggest opening day ever on Friday with $92.1 million (including those midnight grosses), and the best IMAX debut ever with $15.5 million for the weekend. The studio said that 43% of the opening gross came from 3D theaters.

The movie opened to a worldwide record of $476 million. You can read the full details on the international debut here!

Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon dropped a spot to second with $21.3 million domestically its third weekend. The Michael Bay film is the first to pass the $300 million mark at the North American box office this year having earned $302.8 million so far. The movie cost about $195 million to make, not counting marking costs.

Warner Bros.’ Horrible Bosses added $17.6 million its second weekend to bring its total to $60 million. The R-rated comedy was made for just $35 million. In fourth, Columbia Pictures’ Zookeeper made $12.3 million and has earned $42.4 million after two weeks. This comedy was budgeted at $80 million though.

Pixar’s Cars 2 rounded out the top five with $8.3 million. The sequel, made for $200 million, has collected $165.3 million domestically in four weeks.

The other newcomer to North American theaters was Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, which took in $8 million from 2,405 theaters for an average of $3,326. The animated film cost about $30 million to make.

In seventh place, Sony’s Bad Teacher added $5.2 million to bring its four-week total to $88.5 million. The comedy was reportedly budgeted at just $20 million.

Also this weekend, Midnight in Paris became Woody Allen’s highest-grossing film of all time in North America. The film, which is Allen’s 42nd feature he has written and directed and his 4th with Sony Pictures Classics, has grossed $41,792,695 to date.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.