"This will be the biggest 'Harry Potter' by far, a billion dollars is definitely going to happen" according to Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution of Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. estimates Harry Potter 7 Part 2 earned on its opening day $168.6M in the US from Friday to Sunday. It overpowered 2008's Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight".
Internationally, the film gained more $307 M in 59 countries since Wednesday. This defeated the previous best international debut of $206.4 M by Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
Worldwide, the last installment of Harry Potter topped $475 M, making it the franchise's first billion-dollar worldwide hit.
'The Deathly Hallows Part 2' also set a record on its first day of screening in the US with $92.1 M, just nearly $20 M ahead of 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon'.
According to Hollywood.com analyst, Paul Dergarabedian, "This is just really a monumental event. The 3-D component plus the IMAX, plus being it 'Harry Potter', it was just the convergence of things created this incredible record". It is said that this installment sold fewer tickets but took more money than The Dark Knight's opening weekend due to its 3-D advantage and plus regular inflation.
Well I guess they have to thank all the Harry Potter fans whose dying to see the last sequel of Potter's epic journey who indeed followed him 10 years ago.
Harry Potter will always have a space in my heart and some hopeful HP Geeks wishes all fans will share this legendary book (and movie) series to their children and grandchildren.