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Harry Potter Unseats Dark Knight, Smashes Box Office Records

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final installment of Warner Bros.’ blockbuster fantasy franchise, raked in a staggering $476 million in its worldwide debut, smashing the record set in 2009 by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with $394 million.

With its $168.6 million North American opening, Deathly Hallows also unseated 2008’s The Dark Knight ($158.4 million) as the top three-day weekend debut of all time.

“Harry Potter is truly a cultural phenomenon the world over,” Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, Warner Bros.’ president of international distribution, said in a statement. “Whether in German, French, Japanese, Russian, or any language, international audiences have embraced the Harry Potter films over the years, with the powerful finale punctuating just how special the property is.”


  • demoncat_4

    not surprised that Harry would have enough power taking is final adventure to maybe come close to trying and maybe taking the dark knights record of biggest debut of three days. and looks like even now batman is no match for harry potter box office wise .

  • Chachi

    I don’t understand why people still make such big deals about movies breaking money records when things like inflation, number of screens,
    added hours or even whole days for “weekend” totals, etc. skew things and favor newer films.  It seems
    records break every other month nowadays, who cares?!
    I’d like to see these “records” be based on
    attendance or tickets sold. That’d probably be the best and most notable benchmark.
    You can have a movie have 5 dollar tickets and get one million people in
    the seats, and then one that has 10 dollar tickets and get barely more
    than half that but still make more money, right? 

    Even the main article on Yahoo! about it said: “Because of the higher 3-D price, plus regular inflation, ‘Deathly
    Dark Knight’ over opening weekend.”

  • Omegasaga

    Its all just hype. 
    Granted- HARRY POTTER has become an international phenominon. 
    But Id still bet  that a movie like TERMINATOR 2 made as much money opening weekend in 1991.  How?  well… 20yrs ago. tickets were like $7 or $8 bucks if i remember.

    Now a days your average ticket is $11-12 for a basic movie.
    $15-16 for 3-D
    $16-$18 for IMAX 3D.

    So its no wonder that every weekend is a new record breaker for every movie.

  • Jmcreer

    I paid $9.50 Australian dollars to see Harry Potter.  My son paid $7.50.  Where I live (Brisbane) over half of the theatres in operation charge that price.  3D movies are (at these theatres) on average $13 Australian as well for an adult ticket.

    There’s no such thing as an average ticket price.

  • Faust

    I saw first class the week it came here (2 months ago?) in Melbourne and I’m sure I paid over $13 for a regular ticket, I think it was more like $16 – $18.

    I’m sure the 3rd Batman movie will beat that record anyway! ;)