Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Box Office: Potter Billions and Smurfed Cowboys

As everyone predicted, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) became the 9th film in history to gross over a billion dollars worldwide and it did so in record pace of 19 days, tying mega-blockbuster Avatar. Its $1.008 billion tally consists of series-high grosses both domestically ($318.5 mil) and internationally ($690.4 mil). And the sky is the limit for the film which looks to become the highest-grossing non-James Cameron film worldwide. And yes, it is the only Harry Potter film to reach this amazing milestone (without adjusting for inflation).

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is only a few days away from becoming the 10th billion-dollar movie worldwide and the third film this year to achieve this feat.

On the domestic front, it was a tight race between Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs with the Western sci-fi mash-up taking the top spot with $36.4 mil (vs. Smurfs' $35.6 mil). Though they lost the first battle, based on budget and historical patterns, the blue-tinted critters will most likely win the war and out-gross its rival in the end. The only other new entry this past weekend was the star-studded romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love which took in a solid $19.1 mil.

Last week's top grosser Captain America took a huge dip in its second weekend with a total of $117.4 mil falling behind Thor ($119.5 mil) at the same point, but keeping ahead of X-Men: First Class ($98 mil) and Green Lantern ($89 mil).

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