Like the title says, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 just scored a $330 million opening weekend worldwide, $125 million in North America and $205 million in the rest of the world. That was the 6th highest opening ever in North America and outside of the summer season, it was the 2nd.
Internationally $205 million means Potter had the 4th highest opening. $125 million is also good enough to give Harry Potter 7 the highest opening weekend in the series in North America while internationally it was 2nd (Half-Blood Prince is still first with $235 million both in the series and overall). So all in all a very good weekend for Mr. Potter. Now we all knew this was going to do extremely well so no surprises here, now we focus on the rest of the pack.
In 2nd place we had Megamind with $16 million for a total of $112.9 million in 12 days, lagging behind most major DreamWorks Animation movies but still on track for a decent $160 million total at the end of its North American (NA) run. Budget was kept low enough ($130 million) and with international numbers bumping the gross, this should still qualify as a decent hit for the studio.
Unstoppable was 3rd with $13 million. $44.5 million after 12 days is probably not what Fox was expecting when they gave this picture a $100 million budget. Still, the upcoming thanksgiving weekend should give it a nice bump so not all is lost.
Due Date continues to pull good enough numbers, $8.9 million this time for $74.6 million in NA and $136.8 million worldwide. Good or bad movie, doesn’t matter anymore to Warner considering the $65 million budget, they will soon start making some money back.
The Next Three Days, the other new release this past weekend starring Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson and Elizabeth Banks, made only $6.5 million and will be headed to DVD faster then you can say Lionsgate. Is that what happens when you go against Harry Potter or simply what happens when you release a mediocre action movie that no one seems to want to go see.