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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:


‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Press Conference, Bat Signal in Pittsburgh, & Tom Hardy on Roids

Check out ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ press conference from yesterday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Producer Emma Thomas, director Christopher Nolan, and Christian Bale spoke to the people of the Steel City.  (Video via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Also, check out these pictures of the Bat Signal shining in downtown Pittsburgh.  (Pictures via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Finally, check out the insane amount of mass that Tom Hardy has put on in the past couple of months to fit the bill of the villainous ‘Bain’.  (Picture via

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)

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)