Tag Archive: Harry Potter

We all knew Harry Potter would take the top spot but the question was how much would it make, the answer is simple, it made a truck load. First off it broke all midnight records making $44 million from midnight shows alone, on top of that it broke the opening day record making $92 million on friday. Twilight: New Moon was holding that record but was beat by oh you know over $20 million by Deathly Hallows Part 2. As it stands the film has made $168.6 million over the weekend and has made almost half a billion world wide, that was all in one weekend. So it’s clear the Harry Potter films are ending on a high note and will make loads of cash.

Transformer 3 dropped to second but added another $21 million to its take. That number pushed it over the $300 million dollar mark here in the states. If Potter doesn’t beat it it’s clear it will easily be the top money maker of the year, which says  a lot about audiences this year. Horrible Bosses landed in third with around $17 million bringing its total to $60 million, this summer has easily proved R rated comedies are worth it, that is a great thing. Kids movies are still making money Zookeeper added $12 million to its total which is a little over $40 million which has to be a let down for the studio. Cars 2 sits in fifth and its total being around $165 million which is great but not Pixar great. Also it’s nice to see Super 8 and Midnight in Paris sticking around the top ten.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 $168.6 million

2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon $21.3 million

3. Horrible Bosses $17.6 million

4. Zookeeper $12.3 million

5. Cars 2 $8.3 million

6. Winnie the Pooh $8 million

7. Bad Teacher $5.2 million

8. Larry Crowne $2.6 million

9. Super 8 $1.9 million

10. Midnight in Paris $1.8 million

Weekend Box Office Dec. 10-12th

Many will not be surprised that Narnia opened at the top this week but what may surprise people is that the numbers it grabbed were not as impressive as films in the past. Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader opened with 25 million this weekend. Now that is not a number to ignore but many through this film could possibly have opened with over fifty million. Now there are a lot of reasons for this, first off competition is very high. Also the trailers for this film were horrible, I have no idea what was going on in them. There was a dragon, then a shot of the boat, some dialogue, the lion roars and then it’s over. The plot could be anything. Fans of Narnia do not give up though since this film could possibly have major legs and make some serious money. Since the holiday season is lacking in holiday films this movie could continue to rake in kids.

The Tourist landed in second place with an also impressive 17 million. Now I think it’s impressive but I’m sure the studio is not thinking that. Johnny Depp alone usually brings in the bigger bucks, tag on Angelina Jolie and this film should have been a forty million opener. I also blame this one of advertising though, I dug the vibe of the trailers but again wasn’t sure what was happening or that engaged. I’m not saying trailer should show you everything since I hate that! I do believe the trailers for both Narnia and The Tourist could have been better. Still legs are a big possibility here though for these films.

The rest of the box office is not that surprising. Tangled is still sticking around in the third spot. With Harry Potter and Unstoppable right behind it. Will see how things all balance out here soon as the holiday pictures come out. With movies like Tron: Legacy and True Grit coming out around the X-mas days I’m confused about what people are going to go see. That is why films like Narnia, Tangled and even The Tourist should be able to bring some more cash.

1. Chronicles of Naria: Legend of the… $24.5 Million

2. The Tourist $17 Million

3. Tangled $14.6 Million

4. Harry Potter and the… $8.5 Million

5. Unstoppable $3.8 Million

6. Black Swan $3.3 Million

7. Burlesque $3.2 Million

8. Love and Other Drugs $3 Million

9. Due Date $2.5 Million

10. Megamind $2.5 Million


Weekend Box Office Nov. 26-28th

This week was a lot closer then I think many had expected. Sure Harry Potter was #1 again but Disney was not far off with Tangled doing way better than expected. Besides those two teams the rest of the box office was pretty much a let down for studios. Films with a lot of attention placed on them failed to pull people away from the two family films. Burlesque, Love and Other Drugs and Faster all kind of made “meh” amounts of money. To me this is actually a bad sign since the second and third spot went to two animated films that are backed up by 3D. One could say the 3D extra charge helped a lot of these movies up the amount of money they made. It will be interesting to see what will happen the next couple of weeks. The only movie coming out next week is the Warrior’s Way which I highly will dominate the box office. That means a lot of these other films have time to grow some legs. So will see how word of mouth might some of these movies at the bottom maybe make a push. The one thing that should also be noted is that Deathly Hallows Part 1 has made 220 million dollars so far, that is before the x-mas holiday… Holy @$%#.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 $50.3 Million

2. Tangled $49.1 Million

3. Megamind $12.9 Million

4. Burlesque $11.8 Million

5. Unstoppable $11.7 Million

6. Love and Other Drugs $9.9 Million

7. Faster $8.7 Million

8. Due Date $7.3 Million

9. The Next Three Days $4.8 Million

10. Morning Glory $4 Million

Can Fantasy movies rebound?

A couple years ago it felt like we were ambushed by fantasy films. Sure Lord of the Rings made fantasy cool for a little while, that energy faded fast. Still with Harry Potter doing so well studios wen crazy green lightening anything that had a mythical or magical back ground. The Chronicles of Narnia was made and the first film was a hands down block buster. The second film which was just an odd movie did not meet expectations, then funding for the third one got bounced around. Now finally the third film is opening soon. I’m just wondering has the final Harry Potter film brought fantasy back into power again?

Lets not forget how many franchises came around and then failed. Some of them were very good like the Golden Compass and a couple others. Studios though expected these films to make $300 million dollars mainly because Harry Potter and the first Narnia did. It’s hard to rally people around a franchise. Harry Potter was a brilliant series of books that were made into films but they were designed to suck fans in, the different divisions in the schools… It made fantasy cool for nerds. Look at all the people who dressed up as Star Wars characters, Jedi are cool, Sith are cool and you can connect in a weird way to one of those groups. Same thing happened with Harry Potter fans connected with characters and the magical world. Not many other series have these elements, that is why Narnia will never be Potter big. I don’t mean to outwardly diss Narnia but who exactly is going to show up dressed like one of young people in it or a lion? Now I have to admit the third film “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” looks interesting to me. I believe I read the book once but have forgotten it, the trailer doesn’t give us much to what the plot is about but the visuals look strong. I also love that they use the same music at the end of every trailer in Narnia, somehow this gives all the films a connection.

So I don’t believe the end of Harry Potter will bring a rise in fantasy again. The studios have had enough of it really. Not enough franchises were big enough to build tent pole franchises. Comic book movies have spread like wild fire and we can see studios pushing it with green lighting multiple heroes from the comic book universe. Now I grew up being a comic book nerd so I don’t mind the rise in those films over fantasy pictures. At least fantasy lovers know that the Hobbit is coming soon… So at least you can hold on to that.

Warner Brothers last week made a huge announcement claiming that Harry Potter: The Deathly Hollows will not be in 3D. They claim they just could not convert it in time. This move proves to me that Warner Brothers is just one of the better studios in Hollywood. 3D conversion sucks, it is that simple. Every movie that has been converted looks horrible. So good move by them to just shut it down. Most HP fans I know were very much against the film being in 3D and were going to go out of their way to see it in 2D theaters. So in the end WB won’t make the couple extra dollars people would have forked over for the 3D glasses but they will keep the fans respect. I think more people will check it out by doing this. Also if they stuck with the conversion people might have come out of the movie hating it for the simple fact that the 3D was horrible. So good move Warner Brothers you have won my respect… Not like they cared about my respect but they still won it!