'Harry Potter' Opening Weekend Breaks Box Office Records at Imax

8:15 AM PST 07/19/2011 by Etan Vlessing

"The only way we could have done better would have been to have more seats," says Imax CEO Richard Gelfond.

TORONTO -- Warner Bros. Pictures’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 is breaking box office records for Imax.

The Toronto-based giant screen exhibitor reported the global opening weekend box office was $23.2 million, or a per-screen average of $59,000.

 

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Imax’s opening-weekend domestic record was also broken at $15.2 million in box office, or $55,500 per-screen.

Internationally, the last installment of the Harry Potter franchise generated $8 million in box office, or $67,000 per screen on the opening weekend.

 

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A super-sized version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 has yet to open in China and other key Imax markets.

 

"With sellouts all weekend and Imax fans coming out in record numbers to see the highly anticipated conclusion of this global blockbuster, the only way we could have done better would have been to have more seats," Imax CEO Richard Gelfond said in a statement.

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