BOX OFFICE: The ‘Harry Potter’ Series Ends on Top

The Dark Knight‘s previous record for a single weekend gross for a film has been beaten by the final installment to the Harry Potter franchise. Thanks in large part to the inflated 3D ticket price Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 earned $10 million more than The Dark Knight‘s $158 million previous record. This was after shattering the midnight showing record and the one-day Box Office record on Friday.

In other Box Office records that are thanks to inflation Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris has become his highest grossing film of all-time, surpassing Hannah and Her Sisters with this weekend’s take. If Hannah‘s take was converted to today’s dollars, it would have almost double Midnight in Paris‘ current earnings.

Box Office Estimates
July 15-17, 2011

1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (Opening)
ESTIMATE: $168.55 million

With an opening weekend take this large, this film should have no problem emerging as the number one movie of the summer. It is already over halfway to the cumulative gross of Transformers 3 and should make it there within about two weeks. Will Captain America be able to beat this behemoth next weekend?

2) Transformers: Dark of the Moon (3rd Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $21.25 million

Despite the fact that this film’s gross dropped over 50% this weekend, it is still impressive that it managed to earn over $20 million while up against the behemoth that is Harry Potter. It will probably have another 50% drop next weekend when Captain America opens and targets the same market.

3) Horrible Bosses (2nd Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $17.63 million

Positive word of mouth prevented this film from having a significant drop in its second weekend. It also had a higher per theatre average than Transformers 3 which should help give it some legs over the next several weeks.

4) Zookeeper (2nd Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $12.3 million

It is disappointing that a film as poorly reviewed as Zookeeper performs better than a film with great reviews like Winnie the Pooh. One of the smallest drops of the week shows that it might actually have some legs as well. I sure hope not.

5) Cars 2 (4th Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $8.34 million

With just over $160 million in cumulative gross so far, Cars 2 is on track to be the lowest grossing Pixar film since the last Cars. I couldn’t find a report on how they have been doing on toy sales, but I assume they are doing just fine.

6) Winnie the Pooh (Opening)
ESTIMATE: $8 million

It was a tough weekend for a film that did not contain wizards to open. This nostalgia movie has excellent reviews and might prove to have legs over the longer run, but for now it is definitely underperforming.

7) Bad Teacher (4th Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $5.2 million

I do not know anyone personally who saw this movie, but it is doing surprisingly well at the Box Office. With a budget of only $20 million it has already earned over $80 million in cumulative gross.

8) Larry Crowne (3rd Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $2.57 million

As soon as Larry Crowne gets a theatrical count decline (which should be coming next week) it will easily drop out of the top ten. It has a low per theatre average and does not seem to be sustaining itself based on word of mouth.

9) Super 8 (6th Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $1.93 million

With a drop of 60.2% in its 6th weekend, Super 8 is this week’s biggest loser. However, it is still one of the best reviewed movies that made money this summer.

10) Midnight in Paris (9th Weekend)
ESTIMATE: $1.89 million

Woody Allen’s latest movie has been one of the most consistent films of the summer bouncing in and out of the top ten for weeks. As mentioned above it is now Woody Allen’s number one grossing film, which shows he’s still got it.

Estimates are courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

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  • Asif Khan

    m so happy for HP7 :)

  • Jose

    Adjusted for inflation, The Dark Knight wwould’ve made $173 million. Harry was this close to beating it in attendence, boy did it have a frontloaded opening day.

    If it keeps 50% of its audience next weekend I’ll give someone here $1.

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