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Harry Potter Conjures Most Magical Weekend Ever - Week 11

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Hangover 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Cars 2
Thor
Horrible Bosses
Zookeeper
HARRY POTTER CONJURES MOST MAGICAL WEEKEND EVER

While Vanessa Williams once tried to ridiculously argue that sometimes the snow comes down in June and sometimes the sun goes 'round the moon, just as ridiculous would be if you thought interest in Hogwarts had passed, because Harry Potter went and saved the best for last.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, aka HPVII Part II, not only dismantled one but three records over its opening weekend. Eclipse's $30 million midnight opening was bested with $43.5 million, New Moon's first day total of $72.7 million paled to $91.1 million, and all this added to push down The Dark Knight's 3-day total of $158.4 to second place thanks to the new "Are You Kidding Me?!" record of $169.2 million. In just one weekend it made more than either of the final tallies for Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. I think Miss Moneypenny's been working for wrong British Secret Service agency.

Will all of this record-breaking mean HPVII Part II will be the biggest film of all-time? It might not even end-up as the biggest Harry Potter film of all-time. Believe it or not, that record still belongs to HPI Part Only (aka, The Sorcerer's Stone). The first Harry Potter film is still the champ from when in totaled $317.6 million back in 2001. Four other HP flicks topped Sorcerer's Stone's opening weekend, but none were able to pass its spell-protected total. Can HPVII Part II break the curse?

I could mention that the "other" new movie of the weekend made $7.9 million, but since Disney didn't spend any money promoting their new Winnie The Pooh movie, I don't know why I should spend any word count typing about it. Talk about answering the age-old question "If you open a movie in the summer that no one knows about it, will it make a sound?" No. A thousand times, no.

One thing Harry's muggle-breaking record couldn't achieve, however, was hurting last week's movies. Maybe all the sold-out shows led to moviegoers checking out other flicks, but both Horrible Bosses and Zookeeper had minimal declines around 38%. That's two of the smaller second-week declines we've seen this season and puts Horrible Bosses right in the Bad Teacher trajectory of passing $100 million total.

Meanwhile, Transformers 3 continued to power its way to the $300 million realm. Slipping 55% in its third weekend, the Michael Bay Spectacular Spectacular is sitting pretty with $302.9 million. You know, if this is how Bay makes action movies, I can't wait to see what he'll do when he remakes Moulin Rouge. Giuchie, Giuchie, ya ya dada.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Transformers 3 - $302.9 million
#1. Hangover 2 - $251.9 million
#2. Pirates 4 - $237.4 million
#4. Thor - $179.5 million
#5. Harry Potter VII Part II - $169.2 million

This Week
The final superhero movie of the summer arrives in Captain America. Chris Evens has already had a turn in a costume as Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four movies. While that series never succeed as well as Marvel hoped, they've handed him the keys to their next franchise. Will Cap be able to ignite the kind of fanfare Iron Man was able to create or will he fall into the "Huh, I guess it's OK" group that Thor, Hulk, and others have found themselves. More importantly, will I ever be able to get the 60's cartoon theme song out of my head? I still find myself singing "When Captain America throws his mighty shield…" whenever I see the movie posters.

You remember when I mentioned how successful the R-rated adult comedies have been doing this summer? Yeah, you can probably forget about all that when it comes to Friends with Benefits. We're hitting the same premise that wasn't a hit with Love and Other Drugs or No Strings Attached and minusing the star-power those films had. Sounds like a smash to me! Then again, anything that'll push Justin Timberlake back into a music studio and out of Sony ads with Peyton Manning should be considered a good thing.


by Matt Neuenburg on 07/18/2011

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Cars 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, Horrible Bosses, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hangover 2, Thor, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Zookeeper
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