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Potter Crosses $1 Billion On Pace With Avatar

20110731-101354.jpg‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ is carving its path through the record books at a record pace. The blockbuster of the summer, and more than likely the biggest movie of 2012, crossed the $1 billion barrier on Sunday. The Potter finale accomplished the treasured feat in 19 days, which ties ‘Avatar’s’ pace. The $1.008 billion worldwide gross ranks 8th all-time, passing ‘The Dark Knight’. BoxOfficeMojo projects that ‘Part 2’ could be on pace to take 3rd place away from ‘Lord of the Rings: Return of the King’ ($1.12 billion) as early as next weekend.

The question now, is whether or not Harry can keep pace with the Blue Aliens? Even though both films were 3D movies, and were shown in IMAX theaters, ‘Avatar’ did have the advantage of being re-released. While Potter’s torrential pace is seriously impressive, I don’t see it having the perseverance to claim the ultimate crown.

Picture and Stats via BoxOfficeMojo:

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3232&p=.htm

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Harry Ties 5-Day Record Pace, Becomes Highest Grossing Franchise

On Tuesday, Harry Potter crossed the $200 million landmark in the domestic box office in 5 days, tying ‘The Dark Knight’s’ pace.  As many expected, HP7 Pt. 2 fell behind TDK’s pace on day 5.  ‘The Dark Knight’ cleared $203.8 million in that span of time and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ made $202.6 million.  The only other movie that has made it to $200 million in 5 days is ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.’

Yesterday, Harry might have conquered his most substantial foe in the record books to date.  The total worldwide gross of the eight Harry Potter movies moved past the total gross of the six Star Wars movies, making it the highest grossing franchise on a worldwide scale.  The Star Wars saga earned a total of $2.218 billion and the Potter saga has now collected $2.223 billion.

If this stat nauseates you like it does me, please find comfort in the fact that the six Star Wars movies more than doubles the eight Harry Potter films in total tickets sold.  The force is still stronger than any wand that can be made by Ollivander in Diagon Alley.

(Via Box Office Mojo)

Noteworthy News: Harry Potter, Captain America, The Avengers & Toy Story 4?

Potter Claims 4-Day Box Office Record

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ continues its treacherous path through the record books. Harry reeled in $18.04 million yesterday, bringing the grand total to $187.2 million through four days; breaking ‘The Dark Knight’s’ four-day record of $182.9 million. Potter also made $41 million overseas bringing the grand worldwide total to $542.2 million. The finale crossed the half-billion mark in six days, breaking ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ 9-day record.

Don’t expect Harry to beat The Dark Knight in the end. Despite the constant breaking of records, Potter has been losing steam since opening day, and the gap between the two is only $4.3 million at this point.

(Via Box Office Mojo)

Cap’s First Review Is In…And It’s Rotten

The first review for ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ is in and it’s from Karina Longworth of the Village Voice. Let’s just say she didn’t pull her punches.

“[A] hokey, hacky, two-hour-plus exercise in franchise transition/price gouging, complete with utterly unnecessary post-converted 3-D.”

Here’s to hoping that Ms. Longworth doesn’t start a rotten trend.

(Via Rotten Tomatoes)

‘The Avengers’ Teaser Trailer Supposedly Attached To ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

It has already been reported that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ teaser trailer will be attached to ‘Captain America’, and reports are now including a teaser trailer for ‘The Avengers’ in the mix. ‘The Avengers’ just started filming in April, is being directed by Joss Whedon, and stars Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner (The Hulk), & Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Once again, a handy cam version of the trailer has leaked online, but we won’t post it here. Go see ‘Captain America’ or wait for an official trailer to be released.

(Via Red Box)

Toy Story 4?

After Tom Hanks hinted to BBC back in June that were “already working on” a 4th ‘Toy Story’ film, Pixar head John Lasseter told BBC that he thought Hanks statement was “interesting”. He also snuck around the question in saying “We haven’t announced anything, so I can’t really talk about it”.  That’s a really odd response if the book was actually closed.

(Via Total Film)

Tomato Monster Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Rotten Tomatoes Grade: 96%
RT Top Critics Grade: 100%
Metacritic Score: 87
TomatoMonster Grade: A-
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The Tomato Monster

There were high expectations for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’, and the grand finale managed to exceed them.  David Yates and Steve Kloves managed to put together a conclusion that was a perfect blend of action married with emotion, which equated in seemingly perfect pacing. While I was skeptical of splitting Rowling’s final book into two installments, my skepticism has now been rendered void.  ‘Part 2’ gave the highest grossing movie saga in history the exciting and riveting conclusion that it deserved.

Daniel Racliffe and Alan Rickman (Snape) easily turned in their most impressive and emotionally stretching performances of the series, and Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) easily cemented himself as truly one of the greatest villains in movie history with his performance.  ‘Part 2’ was so good, that even someone who knew nothing about the story would be able to walk away and say “That was good.”

Plain and simple, this film was really good, and will leave an imprint in the minds of viewers for years to come.  After viewer watches the final epilogue, they are moved to go back to the beginning and watch it all over again, which is what any good conclusion should do.

Is ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ one of the best movies I have ever seen?  Probably not.  Do I think that the movie was near perfection within its genre and in completing what it set out to do?  Absolutely.
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Messages/Themes

  • Ultimately in the end, the Harry Potter story is one of self-sacrifice, displaying the truest form of love…the willingness to lay down your life for the people you love.
  • In order to truly find victory, you must be able to face your deepest and darkest thoughts and fears.
  • True friendship only grows stronger when it perseveres through trials.
  • Maternal love is stronger than obsessive love.

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Directed by: David Yates has directed the final 4 installments of the Harry Potter saga, but ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ is definitely his most highly acclaimed work-to-date.  The average grade of the four Harry Potter installments that Yates directed is a 84.3%.  Yates was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work in the HBO series ‘The Girl in the Cafe” (2005).

Written by: Steve Cloves has been the Screenwriter of every Harry Potter film except ‘The Order of the Phoenix.’  Kloves’ career has been nearly flawless up until this point.  He has never written a movie that has ever received a failing grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer (11 movies), and his average score is a 82.5%.  Kloves has been nominated for an Oscar and a Writers Guild Award for his writing in ‘Wonder Boys’ and he also received a WGA nomination for his work in ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’.  Most recently Kloves helped write the screenplay for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ which will be released next year.
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Trivia

*****SPOILER ALERT*****

  • Not long after Alan Rickman started to play Severus Snape, J.K. Rowling told him some character secrets about Snape that would not be otherwise revealed until the last book. Most significantly, Rickman was one of the very few people other than Rowling to know (years ahead of the last book’s publication) that Snape had been in love with Lily Evans (later Potter) when they were students at Hogwarts, and both Snape’s protection of and antagonism toward Harry came from that. Rowling said that she shared this information with Rickman because “he needed to understand, I think, and does completely understand and did completely understand where this bitterness towards this boy, who’s living proof of Lily’s preference for another man, came from.”
  • The script was originally written, like the book, to include Draco Malfoy’s bully friends, Crabbe and Goyle. As in the book, Crabbe was to be killed in a climactic battle. Jamie Waylett‘s arrest and conviction on drug charges, however, forced the filmmakers to change this plan. Crabbe was written out of the script, with Goyle being killed in his place.
  • Both Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have stated in several separate interviews, that filming their much awaited on-screen kiss was an “absolutely horrible” experience, due to Emma’s admission of Rupert being “like a brother.” It took only six takes to complete; whereas the kiss between Harry & Ginny took around ten, Ron & Lavender approx. 15, and Harry & Cho took over 30 takes, by comparison.
  • The filmmakers persuaded Tom Felton to convince his girlfriend, Jade Olivia, to play Draco Malfoy’s wife, Astoria Greengrass, in the film’s  epilogue.
    (Via IMDB)

Potter Puts A Spell On The Dark Knight

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ made breaking records look easy this weekend.  Harry even managed to break one of the most sacred records…the domestic opening weekend box office record.  Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ has held the record since 2008, with a grand total of $158,413,483.  Even though ‘New Moon’ and ‘Eclipse’ were both able to beat ‘The Dark Knight’s’ domestic opening night record, they weren’t able to hold on to capture the opening weekend crown.  The estimated opening weekend total for the Potter finale is $168,550,000; toppling the Caped Crusader by $10 million.  I’ll give Harry his due, and tip my hat, but I was holding out that this would be the one record that this film didn’t break.  ‘Part 2’ came into the weekend with an advantage over TDK.  While both of the films were released in IMAX theaters, TDK did not have the advantage of being a 3D movie.  According to Box Office Mojo, 43% of this weekend’s blockbuster came from 3D ticket prices.  You could also make a smaller argument that Potter came into the fight with an upper hand because the film was released in more theaters and had a shorter run time, even though the difference in both was minimal.  With all of this being said, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ was really good and deserves its claim to fame.  Congrats Mr. Potter!

Here are some of the other records that the Potter conclusion broke this weekend.

  • Hp7 Pt. 2 broke the worldwide opening weekend record, raking in $475.6 million.
  • HP7 Pt. 2 destroyed the foreign opening weekend total of $307 million, smashing ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ by 18%.
  • HP7 Pt. 2 stole the domestic opening night record from Twi-Rival ‘New Moon’, with a crushing $92,100,000 (‘New Moon – $72,703,754).
  • HP7 Pt. 2 broke the midnight showing record with a whopping $43.5 million.
  • Hp7 Pt. 2 broke the IMAX opening weekend record with $15.5 million (Alice in Wonderland – $12.2 million)
  •  HP7 Pt. 2 $32 million in advance ticket sales, setting a new record for pre-opening sales.
  •  HP7 Pt. 2 was released in 3D in 3,000+ locations, breaking ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ previous record of 2,789.
  •  HP7 Pt. 2 broke the IMAX release record, opening on the extra big screen in 274 locations.
(Statistics found at Box Office Mojo)

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Teaser Trailer Not Attached To Potter Finale In Some Theaters

20110715-031520.jpgUnfortunately, the swirling rumors about the teaser trailer for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ being attached to ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ proved to be false at theater I was at. Apparently it was attached to the film at certain theaters. Some ‘Bat’ fans, including myself, will have to continue to wait for a legitimate version of the coveted trailer to be released to everyone. We’ll keep you posted.