|Still from Harry Potter 7: Part 2|
No surprises here! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows obliterates the competition this weekend for Warner Bros., taking in $168.6 million in its debut. The final installment of the Harry Potter franchise set a record for biggest single Box Office day ever, with $92.1 million on Friday. It also broke the three-day weekend record held by 2008's The Dark Night, with $158 million - another Warner Bros. release. Above this, the Film universally has received praise, garnering an exceptional 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer. Expect this one to be a major player at the Oscars next year. Read my Interview with star Matthew Lewis here.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon still continues to do exceptionally well, slipping to second this week with $23.5 million, ahead of Horrible Bosses with $17.5 million, which also is still going strong in its second week in the theatres, earning $59.8 million to-date. Read my Interview with Jason Sudeikis here. Meanwhile, Zookeeper finds itself in fourth this weekend with $12.5 million for Sony Pictures.
Disney's Winnie the Pooh debuts in sixth despite some really strong reviews, with $7.5 million. Perhaps its opening up against Harry Potter wasn't the best in hindsight? Or was there simply not enough buzz surrounding it?
Interestingly, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris still sits in the Top Ten with $1.8 million this weekend in its ninth week of release. The Comedy has become Allen's most commercially successful Film of all time with a total $41.7 million earned in North America.