Harry Potter box office was projected to be huge this weekend. The first day of Harry Potter box office estimates was gigantic, with over $60 million to start off. This was by far the biggest opening day for the franchise, which fueled higher expectations for the weekend. Thoughts of $140 million for the first three days emerged, with pipe dreams of even $150 million. Yet according to today’s projections, the Harry Potter box office will instead settle for $125 million as a start.
According to Deadline Hollywood yesterday, a $140 million opening weekend was now projected for Deathly Hallows Part 1. In fact, they alleged that some studios thought it would go to $150, which only The Dark Knight and Spider Man 3 have reached.
Yet today’s Harry Potter box office projections are a bit more modest, as the totals for Saturday and Sunday are somewhat lower so far. Deadline Hollywood projects a $37 million gross for Saturday, and an overall weekend projection of $125.
If these numbers are true, it is still the largest opening for a Potter movie, far exceeding Goblet of Fire’s $102.6 total five years ago. However, it only ranked as the sixth biggest opening weekend of all time, trailing The Dark Knight, Spider Man 3, New Moon, Dead Man’s Chest and Iron Man.
Still, the Harry Potter box office opener is the largest first weekend of 2010, exceeding Toy Story 3’s $110 million. It will now hope to catch Toy Story 3 as the biggest movie of 2010 in general, although it has $414 million as the bar. At the least, it can overtake the franchise’s largest grossing film, which is still the original Sorcerer’s Stone with $317 million.
Despite having the most profitable opening in the franchise, Part 1 likely won’t hold that title for long. When Part 2 is released next summer, it will be expected to break box office records, for the series and otherwise. Both Part 1’s opening and the movie itself are just warm up acts for that event.
While the Harry Potter box office numbers dominated the weekend, other films like Megamind, Unstoppable and The Next Three Days fought for the scraps. Megamind crossed the $100+ mark with an additional $17 million, while Unstoppable placed third, and Due Date held off The Next Three Days for fourth.
The big Thanksgiving weekend is now on the horizon, as Harry Potter will next get a more family friendly challenge from Disney’s Tangled. Meanwhile, Love and Other Drugs, Faster and Burlesque will fight to make a mark.
Deadline- “MAGIC! Harry Potter-Deathly Hallows Part 1 Biggest in Franchise With $125M Weekend”
Box Office Mojo- “All Time Box Office – Opening Weekend”