We knew it would be big, but I don’t know that we knew it would be this big. The House of Mouse (Disney) has sent out a press release tabbing The Avengers‘ opening tally at a record shattering $200.3 million, the previous record holder was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which took in $169.2 million last July. Astonishing, astounding, amazing? You’re damn skippy, but the film’s total, domestic plus international take so far, that’s the real bombshell: $641.8 million.
Right now, that makes The Avengers the 55th highest grossing film of all time. That means The Avengers has already beat the total take of Captain America,: The First Avenger, Thor, Iron Man, and Iron Man 2. That’s how all of this starts, the question is, where does it finish? At this point it seems like a foregone conclusion that the film will top a billion dollars, especially since the upcoming release schedule doesn’t really present a challenge until Battleship in 2 weeks, unless you count Dark Shadows as competition for The Avengers, and I surely don’t. Even then, Battleship could boom or bust. Is it the next Transformers, or is it the next Cowboys and Aliens?
What happens after a billion though? At that point, The Avengers will be just shy of becoming the highest earning Disney made film of all time and just shy of surpassing The Dark Knight to become the highest earning superhero film of all time, and what happens then. Can The Avengers climb to $1.5 billion, can it crack the top 5, can it surpass $2 billion or the $2.7 billion dollars that Avatar made to claim the top spot of all time? Time will tell, but with an unheard of A+ Cinemascore, and a 94% “Fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.com amongst critics, there is no telling where this thing will end up.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2 has been talked about greatly this week, and for good reason. This film has made an astounding worldwide debut at the box office with estimated 467 million, which shattered many of the industry’s domestic and international records. This amazing response in the box office has prompted Warner Bros. to release the following official statement on the films record breaking debut:
“With an astounding estimated worldwide box office total of more than $476 million, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” shattered multiple domestic and international box office records in a history-making opening weekend. The announcement was made today by Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman, and President of International Distribution, Veronika Kwan-Rubinek.
The finale of the globally beloved film series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” earned a stunning $168.5 million at the domestic box office, which not only is the biggest Harry Potter opening weekend but also obliterated the industry’s opening weekend record, including holiday weekends. Among the other records broken were single-day box office (Friday at $92.1 million), Friday box office, and opening day box office.
Opening day-and-date in 59 territories, the international box office take was a staggering $307 million, making it the biggest international weekend of all time. Led by record-breaking grosses in the UK ($36.6 million) and Australia ($26.7 million), all markets have performed exceedingly well, including Germany ($25.7 million), France ($23.9 million) and Japan ($21.5 million).
Globally, it also broke the IMAX opening weekend record with a worldwide gross of $23.5 million, which includes setting a new record in North America with $15.5 million.
The film began breaking records even before its opening, as unprecedented advance ticket sales gave the first indication of just how huge the box office bow would be. Midnight opening screenings not only met but exceeded those expectations, with $43.5 million at the domestic box office alone.
Dan Fellman stated, “These numbers are amazing, but they are only part of the story. It is impossible to quantify how thrilled and grateful we all are that both critics and audiences—especially loyal Harry Potter fans—continue to support the film. This is the culmination of an extraordinary decade, and a reflection of the hard work and dedication of many, many people on both sides of the camera, beginning with the brilliant J.K. Rowling, as well as producer David Heyman. We applaud them all.”
Veronika Kwan-Rubinek remarked, “Harry Potter is truly a cultural phenomenon the world over. 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. We congratulate everyone associated with the films on this monumental achievement.”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.”
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