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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 opens to record breaking $169.2M domestic / $312.3M foreign for $481.5M worldwide

Update: Article updated with final box office data

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final installment in the worldwide blockbuster franchise, opened to a record breaking $169.189M from 4,375 theaters ($38,672 per theater average) in its opening weekend (“The Dark Knight” held the previous record with $158.411M) and a record-breaking $481.489M worldwide. On the way to its record-breaking domestic bow, the film broke several other records including biggest midnight launch ($43.5M) and biggest opening day/single day ($91.071M).

Debuting in 3D for the first time in the franchise, 3D for ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ accounted for approximately 43% of the gross (from a record 3,100+ locations including 274 Imax). Imax grosses reached a record $15.5M (beating “Alice in Wonderland’s” $12.2M). Total 3D accounted for an estimated $72.8M, second all-time to “Alice in Wonderland’s” $81.3M 3D opening weekend gross.

‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ dropped 53% on Saturday to $42.414M and a further 16% on Sunday to $35.704M. The huge Friday to Saturday drop is a result of film’s enormous opening day which clipped the previous record holder “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” by nearly $20M ($72.704M). The previous single day high for a ‘Harry Potter’ movie was last November’s ‘Deathly Hallows Part 1’ which opened to $61.685M (which also held the previous opening weekend high for the franchise at $125.017M from 4,125 theaters–$30,307 per theater average).

And as a sign of how important this final film in the franchise has become to its fanbase, The opening day gross for ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ was larger than the entire 3-day opening weekends of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ ($90.295M), ‘Half-Blood Prince’ ($77.836MM), ‘Order of the Phoenix’ ($77.108M) and ‘Chamber of Secrets’ ($88.357M) and nearly ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ as well ($93.688M).

Overseas analysis and top five highlights after the jump.

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Transformers 3 stays in first with $47.1M; Horrible Bosses opens strong with $28.3M, Zookeeper soft at $20.1M

Update: Article updated with final box office data.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon dropped 52% in its second weekend as it took in $47.103M. That’s a smaller second week decline than ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ which had dipped 61% in its second weekend and is only minimally below the second week drop of the original “Transformers” (-48%). The weekend gross puts the film’s cume at $261.079M making it the year’s top-grossing film (moving ahead of “The Hangover Part II” which cleared $250M this weekend).

The daily breakdown for ‘Dark of the Moon’ is as follows:

  • Fri: $14.843M
  • Sat: $18.327M (+24%)
  • Sun: $13.934M (-24%)

For comparison purposes, “Transformers” was at $224.010M by the close of its second weekend, while ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ was at $293.356M. At the moment, ‘Dark of the Moon’ looks like it’ll close its domestic run with between $350-375M.

Worldwide ‘Dark of the Moon’ is now at $645.079M with $384M from foreign markets.

Debuting in second place with a solid $28.302M was the Warner Brothers R-rated comedy Horrible Bosses. Zookeeper, meanwhile, debuted softer than expected (and more than $10M below Kevin James’ last film “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”–$31.833M) with $20.066M.

Here are the individual day performances for both films:

  • Horrible Bosses — Fri: $9.882M, Sat: $10.392M (+5%), Sun: $8.028M (-23%)
  • Zookeeper — Fri: $7.365M, Sat: $7.518M (+2%), Sun: $5.182M (-31%)

Rounding out the top five for the weekend was Cars 2 in fourth place with $15.212M ($148.832M cume) and Bad Teacher in fifth place with $8.914M ($78.672M cume).

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Cars 2 tops original with $66.1M opening; Bad Teacher a strong second with $31.6M [UPDATED]

Update: Article updated with final box office data.

Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 overcame negative reviews — becoming Pixar’s first Rotten movie (currently 34%) — to climb to an impressive and original-besting $66.136M from 4,115 theaters this weekend. Not adjusting for inflation, that’s a little more than $6M ahead of what the original “Cars” opened to […]

Teaser trailer for Brave will be attached to Cars 2

The Pixar Blog has confirmed that the teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Brave will be attached to “Cars 2”, which hits theaters on June 24, 2011. The trailer is expected to debut online sometime around that date.

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, Brave is scheduled to hit theaters on June 22, 2012.

 

New Cars 2 trailer and clip

Disney has released a new trailer for Pixar’s Cars 2. A new clip from the film has also been released. Click over the jump to watch the new trailer and clip.

Cars 2 is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on June 24, 2011.

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Cars 2 movie trailer

Disney has released a new movie trailer for Pixar’s Cars 2. Watch the trailer after the jump.

Cars 2 is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on June 24, 2011.

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Two new Cars 2 characters revealed

Disney has revealed two new characters from Cars 2. They are: Professor Z, voiced by Thomas Kretschmann and Tomber, voiced by Michel Michelis. Click over the jump to check out the new characters.

Cars 2 is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on June 24, 2011.

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Two new Cars 2 characters revealed

Disney/Pixar have unveiled two new characters from the upcoming Cars 2… and one of them is an airplane. Click over the jump to see both characters and read their descriptions.

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Disney planning two Toy Story shorts

Buried within an article on Disney/Pixar, Variety reports that Disney will show two Toy Story-based shorts. We’ve known about the first one for a while — Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation — but news of a second one is new. Here’s the relevant excerpt from the Variety article:

“Toy Story” is also getting […]

New photo from Cars 2

Lightning McQueen, Mater, Luigi, Guido, Fillmore and Sarge from Disney/Pixar's "Cars 2"

Disney/Pixar have released a new image from Cars 2. Click to enlarge.

Cars 2 is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on xx, 2011.

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Two new images from Cars 2

Two new images from Disney-Pixar’s Cars 2 have been released online. Click to enlarge.

Cars 2 is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on June 24, 2011. Here’s the synopsis followed by another image:

Star race car Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of […]

Cars 2 movie trailer

Disney-Pixar has released the first trailer for Cars 2. Check it out after the jump.

Cars 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 24, 2011.

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