24 hours into the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II release and the film is already shattering records. Warner Bros might soon have the two largest opening weekends in film history, as HP: DH II is quickly closing in on the opening weekend record held for three years by 2008’s The Dark Knight. Full numbers and charts after the break:
In 2009, Twilight Saga: New Moon set the opening-day gross with $72.7 Million. Harry Potter completely destroyed that record, grossing $92.1 Million. Below are the top five opening day grosses of all time, to put it into perspective:
Up next is how the weekend will turn out. With an additional $32 Million in pre-sale tickets, there is little doubt that the infamous Sunday hangover sales-wise will not apply to Harry Potter. The mark of highest opening weekend is $158 Million set by The Dark Knight, a film unassisted by added sales of 3D tickets, but assisted by the raised prices of IMAX theaters. Harry Potter is going to be the first major challenge that TDK has ever faced, and should easily hit $170-$180 Million in its first weekend.
For those so inclined, here are the total grosses of the Harry Potter films, not including the final film in the epic franchise.
If you haven’t seen the reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, you can read Monty’s review here and Foster’s Review Here.