Box Office Report: Final 'Harry Potter' Film Earns Massive $126 Million Leading Into Weekend

10:51 AM PST 07/15/2011 by Pamela McClintock
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The 3D pic has already earned $82.5 million overseas, plus a record-breaking $43.5 million in midnight runs at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 continued to break records at the international box office on Thursday, grossing $37.6 million from 43 countries for a two-day foreign total of $82.5 million.

Including the massive $43.5 million earned at the domestic box office in midnight runs, the pic has earned $126 million worldwide, and the weekend hasn't even begun.

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Overseas, Deathly Hallows 2 is pacing 39 percent ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and 42 percent ahead of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Deathly Hallows 2 is widely expected to score the biggest worldwide opening of all time, surpassing the $394 million earned by Half-Blood Prince.

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The decision to release Deathly Hallows 2 in 3D is paying off big time for Warners, with 61 percent of the foreign grosses coming from 3D runs. In North America, 3D midnight runs were sold out.

Deathly Hallows 2 began rolling out Wednesday at the international box office. On Thursday, it opened in markets including Korea, where it earned a sizeable $3 million, and Argentina, where it grossed $961,000, the biggest opening of all time.

In Australia on Thursday, Deathly Hallows 2 earned an estimated $4.2 million in its second day, bringing the two-day cume to $11.7 million. It's the first time ever that a film has grossed north of $10 million in just two days.

 


 

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