In case you hadn’t heard, the latest– and penultimate– film in the Harry Potter series arrived yesterday, and Warner Bros. is already starting to add up the absurd amount of money the film’s scheduled to pull in this weekend. The other films have had big-ass openings, but it appears that Deathly Hallows is on track to be the biggest-ass Potter opening yet, perhaps the third-biggest opening of all time. Read on for the details, my fellow film geeks…
Everyone knew that the new Harry Potter film– that’d be Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, just in case you’ve been in a coma for the past few years– was going to make a lot of money this weekend, but even Warner Bros. didn’t predict the massive haul that the film appears to be on track to earn. Analysts are predicting a $140 million opening for the next-to-last Harry Potter film, which would be the biggest Potter opening yet.
Here’s what Deadline Hollywood was saying yesterday:
With only a few hours to go before its 12:01 AM Friday premiere, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 is past $30 million in advance sales and may be looking at $60 million for Friday’s opening day and a 3-day debut weekend total of $130+ million.
And here’s what Deadline’s saying now, just 24 hours (and an opening day) later:
Warner Bros is now saying Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1 should translate to a weekend opening between $130M and $140M but rival studios think the tally could go over $150M. That’s a lot of moolah as HP7A keeps setting records — the 3rd biggest Friday ever and the 3rd biggest three-day weekend ever behind The Dark Knight ($158M) and Spider-Man 3 ($151M).
That’s an absolutely huge number, but if the tracking is correct thus far (and it almost always is), it’s not outside the realm of possibility. It’s going to be a record-setting weekend for the film no matter how you cut it: According to Fandango.com, the latest Potter film has sold more pre-opening tickets than any other film in the franchise’s history, and the third-highest pre-selling film in Fandango’s history (the last Twilight film and the third Star Wars prequel will likely beat it). Another record: it’s playing at over 3,700 locations at midnight tonight, the most-ever for a midnight-released movie. With these new numbers, though, it also looks likely to be the third-highest three-day weekend of all time.
Warner Bros. is certainly thrilled with all this, but we’ll have to wait for Sunday to see just how big the latest Harry Potter was. Stay tuned for more Harry Potter-related nonsense, including our official review of the film (and check out our commentary on the film at Comedy Examiner HQ– “Why don’t Harry Potter fans get mocked as ruthlessly as Twilight fans?”– right over here) and our full box-office report in the near future, my fellow film geeks.
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