Around-the-World Roundup: 'Potter' Still Magic Overseas
by Ray Subers
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
July 26, 2011
After destroying the foreign opening record last weekend, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 tumbled 62 percent in its second weekend, but that still translated to a massive $120.2 million estimated haul. In second, Transformers: Dark of the Moon's record-breaking debut in China helped it reach a handful of significant milestones and pulled it ever closer to the coveted $1 billion worldwide mark.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 remained No. 1 in all of its major markets, according to distributor Warner Bros. The United Kingdom was once again its top territory with $13.7 million for an impressive $70.6 million total. It also added $13.7 million in Germany, $12.1 million in France, $8.5 million in Japan and $8.4 million in Australia. Potter's overseas total reached $559 million, which made it the second highest-grossing movie of the year behind Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Potter's worldwide total grew to an enormous $832.5 million. It reached the $700 million mark in its tenth day in theaters and passed $800 million on its 12th day, both of which obliterated the previous speed records held by On Stranger Tides (16 days to $700 million) and Avatar (17 days to $800 million). It's already passed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in both foreign and worldwide grosses and appears poised to eclipse Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's $974.8 million in a week or so to become the top-grossing entry in the series. With China slated for Aug. 4, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is well-positioned to contest The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's $1.12 billion total to become the highest-grossing non-James Cameron movie ever worldwide.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon added $77.8 million in 59 markets, but its opening in China alone contributed an enormous $56 million to that tally ($16 million of which is from Thursday previews). According to Paramount Pictures International, that was the biggest debut ever for an American movie in China. The movie's foreign total reached $558.3 million, topping Shrek Forever After's $514 million to become Paramount's highest-grossing overseas release ever. Including its $325.8 million in domestic coin, Dark of the Moon has generated $884.1 million worldwide, exceeding Revenge of the Fallen's final total. With Japan opening this weekend, the movie looks like a lock to close north of $1 billion worldwide.
Cars 2 ranked third for the weekend with an estimated $17.7 million from 31 territories for a total of $173.7 million. It opened to $6.1 million in the U.K., which was above Kung Fu Panda 2 and the first Cars.
Mr. Popper's Penguins expanded in to a handful of major territories and earned $12.2 million for a $55.5 million total. It had solid second place debuts in France ($2.8 million), Mexico ($2.6 million) and Spain ($1.3 million).
While Captain America: The First Avenger held the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, its only foreign debut was a respectable $2.9 million in Italy. That's up percent from the first Iron Man but way off from Thor's $5.6 million. Captain expands in to 23 markets next weekend, including the U.K., Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and South Korea.