Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: The IMAX Experience generated $12.4 million on domestic IMAX screens with a total take of $125.1 million its opening weekend. The UK’s Guardian writes:
How about that Harry Potter? Nearly a decade after the franchise first arrived in theatres, it continues to shatter records and this penultimate and rather dull episode just scored the biggest US launch of any Potter movie on an estimated $125.1m (£77.8m). Warner Bros tends to underestimate its weekend grosses, so that amount could go up a bit when the studio announces final figures on Monday.
Of greater long-term interest is Imax’s role in all this. The large-screen format has come on leaps and bounds in the past couple of years, and audiences have responded to seeing event movies on huge screens. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 took $12.4m on Imax screens, beating the previous benchmark of $12.1m set by Alice in Wonderland back in March.
Deathly Hallows will sweep past $200m next weekend, when the US takes an extended holiday over the Thanksgiving period. Harry and chums were in fine form outside North America, too, grossing $205m from 19,000 screens in 54 countries and 91 markets for a global opening weekend of $330.1m, which is more than any film has ever grossed in its opening weekend on a worldwide basis.
UPDATE: More on Harry Potter‘s big box office weekend:
Hollywood in HiDef: Potter sets IMAX record $12.4 mil.