Harry Potter box office has been big for about 10 years. However, the Harry Potter box office totals are about to reach a new level with the grand finale. In fact, Warner Brothers stands to make big bucks twice over, after splitting the final movie into two parts. This decision split the fans, and caused a definite effect on the reactions to Part 1. Still, it has definitely paid off in box office, as the Harry Potter finale opener will have the franchise’s biggest opening weekend.
Part 1 set midnight records, as the first screenings made $24 million their own. According to Deadline Hollywood, the film made $65 million for the entire first day, which means that the overall weekend could be historic.
It seems certain that Harry Potter box office history will be made, as this stands to be the biggest opening weekend ever for the series. Goblet of Fire was the only one to cross $100 million for its opener, almost five years ago to the day. But its $102 million gross will be shattered by a wide margin.
Deadline projects that Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will get at least $140 million for the first three days. However, they report that rival studios expect it to go as high as $150 million. This would make it the third highest grossing opening weekend in history, behind The Dark Knight and Spider Man 3. If the other studios are right, it could even challenge Spider Man 3’s $151 million for second place.
No matter what happens, the Harry Potter box office is at a high point for the franchise. With Thanksgiving weekend approaching, it should be on task to surpass Sorcerer’s Stone’s $317 million overall. Toy Story 3 still holds the highest numbers for 2010, with $413 million.
If Part 1 is able to do this much, Warner Brothers will be drooling over what could happen with Part 2. For all of the backlash over splitting up the final movie, it stands to pay off big time for the studio – at least financially. Creatively, fans and critics are still on edge, hoping that Part 2 will pay off all the waiting around in Part 1.
Since the story of the weekend is Harry Potter box office, the other films out now stood little chance – even two-time champion Megamind. Dreamworks’ latest hit still made a projected $4.5 million on Friday, and should cross the $100 million mark this weekend. Unstoppable, Due Date and The Next Three Days are rounding out the top 5 after Friday.
Yet the rest of the weekend, and perhaps the next few weeks, are all about Harry Potter. A box office challenge could come from Tangled on Thanksgiving, but the movie should otherwise be free and clear until December.
Deadline Hollywood- “MAGIC! Harry Potter-Deathly Hallows, Pt 1 Opens With $65M Friday”
Box Office Mojo- “All-Time Box Office: Opening Weekends”