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“Harry Potter” shatters single-day record on Friday

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Audiences continue to be wild about Harry.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the eighth and final “Potter” film, is breaking records as it rolls across the theaters of America. The sequel earned more than $90 million on Friday, shattering the one-day record previously held by “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which raked in $72.7 million on its first day, THR reports.

The trade adds that this “Potter” film “is on track to score the biggest worldwide opening of all time, beating the $394 million earned by ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ in its debut.”

The last film has so much going in its favor. It received outstanding reviews. And it’s benefitting from the coveted 3D bump in ticket prices, the first film in the 10-year franchise to have such an instant increase.

That means “Hallows” could end up as the highest-grossing “Potter” film of all time, topping the current domestic leader “Sorcerer’s Stone” with $317.5 million. My guess? It will below that number away and even challenge “Avatar” for the highest-grossing movie of all time.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • July 16, 2011 | Permalink |

    of course it would beat twilight… the potter generation is soo much bigger :]

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