Box Office Report: 'Harry Potter' Grosses Record $92.1 Million on Friday
UPDATED: It is the biggest single-day gross of all time at the domestic box office; overseas, the pic has now grossed $157.5 million for a mammoth global cume of $249.6 million.
Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is making box office magic, earning a massive $92.1 million on Friday to easily score the biggest single day gross of all time domestically.
Overseas, the pic earned another $75 million on Friday for a three-day international total of $157.5 million, bringing its worldwide cume to a record-breaking $249.6 million.
By all accounts, Deathly Hallows 2 is on track to score the biggest worldwide opening of all time, beating the $394 million earned by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in its debut. Domestically, it's expected to eclipse the record-breaking $158.4 million grossed by Warners' The Dark Knight in its opening weekend.
Domestically, the previous single-day best belonged to The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which earned $72.7 million on its first day.
The final Harry Potter pic also fueled the biggest Friday ever at the domestic box office, with all films grossing a combined $117 million, smashing the $107 million record set on Nov. 20, 2009.
Friday’s $92.1 million domestic tally for Deathly Hallows 2 -- which received an A CinemaScore--included a record-breaking $43.5 million in midnight grosses.
Deathly Hallows 2 ’s stunning performance continues the enormous popularity of the Potter franchise, with the first seven films grossing $6.4 billion worldwide, the most successful series of all time.
Sentiment is running at red-hot levels as the last title hits the big screen. The final installment also has the advantage of playing in 3D for the first time in the series, upping earning potential.
Deathly Hallows 2 marks another enormous success for Warners, home studio for the boy wizard.
Elsewhere at the Friday box office, Disney Animation Studios' Winnie the Pooh was off to a solid start, grossing $2.9 million on Friday and on track to gross $7 million or $8 million for the weekend. The film looks like it's succeeding in luring tots too young for the PG-13 Potter. It received an A- CinemaScore, with those under 18 giving it an A+.