Around-the-World Brief: 'Potter' Obliterates Foreign Record
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2outpaced even the most generous prognostications this weekend, setting a new weekend record with an incredible estimated $307 million at the foreign box office. That's 18 percent up on the previous record-holder, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and 30 percent up onHalf-Blood Prince's series record. Add in its stunning domestic take and Deathly Hallows Part 2 also eclipsedHalf-Blood Prince to set the worldwide opening weekend record with an astronomical $475.6 million.
Not surprisingly, Potter's top territory was its native United Kingdom. It earned $36.6 million, which represented the biggest three-day weekend ever. It also obliterated the previous opening weekend record in Australia, where it debuted to $26.7 million. While it didn't set any weekend records in its other major territories, it still raked in boatloads of cash in Germany ($25.7 million), France ($23.9 million), Japan ($21.5 million), Russia ($19.5 million), Mexico ($15.3 million), Italy ($15.1 million), South Korea ($11 million), Brazil ($11 million) and Spain ($8.3 million). On average, the opening weekend 3D share was 61 percent, which was lower than Transformers: Dark of the Moon (70 percent) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (66 percent). Foreign IMAX theaters accounted for $8 million, or 2.6 percent ofPotter's weekend.
"Harry Potter is truly a cultural phenomenon the world over," said Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, Warner Bros. president of international distribution, in a press release. "Whether in German, French, Japanese, Russian, or any language, international audiences have embraced the Harry Potter films over the years, with the powerful finale punctuating just how special the property is. We congratulate everyone associated with the films on this monumental achievement."
With $475 million worldwide already, Potter is poised to cross the half-billion dollar point sometime tomorrow, which is its sixth day in theaters. That slays the previous speed record established by Dark of the Moon just two weeks ago. Deathly Hallows Part 2 is also well-positioned to become the highest-grossing Harry Potter movie ever on a foreign and worldwide basis, and will almost certainly become the third movie this summer to reach $1 billion worldwide.