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International Box Office: Harry Potter's Record-Breaking Ways Extended Overseas

July 20th, 2011

It seems every day we have another broken record to report on. The final international numbers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2's opening weekend came in, mostly, and the film earned $264.32 million on 17,539 screens in 58 markets for a total opening of $323.38 million internationally and $492.57 million worldwide. Needless to say, this is the biggest international and worldwide opening ever. To put this into perspective, not counting the fellow Harry Potter films, this is already the tenth best Warner Bros. movie of all time. (With this franchise and Christpher Nolan's Batman franchises ending, there's got to be someone at the studio is full panic mode. They might have an entire division of people whose sole job is to panic 24 hours a day.) The only small downside for the film is its per screen average, which didn't lead the international chart, but more on that in a bit.

As for individual markets...

  • The U.K.: $38.19 million on 582 screens, which was a record in that market.
  • Australia: $19.50 million on 754 screens over the weekend and $27.03 million in total, which was also a record in that market.
  • Germany: $21.00 million on 909 screens over the weekend and $26.08 million in total.
  • Japan: $16.46 million on 910 screens over the weekend and $22.26 million in total.
  • France: $21.71 million on 812 screens.
  • Russia: $15.33 million on 1,562 screens over the weekend and $19.51 million in total.
  • Mexico: $15.60 million on 2,443 screens.
  • Italy: $7.68 million on 1,008 screens over the weekend and $14.81 million in total.
  • South Korea: $9.71 million on 813 screens over the weekend and $12.98 million in total.
  • Brazil: $11.41 million on 915 screens.
  • Spain: $8.30 million on 835 screens.
  • Sweden: $3.29 million on 182 screens over the weekend and $6.61 million in total.
  • Netherlands: $3.81 million on 233 screens over the weekend and $5.53 million in total.
  • Norway: $2.28 million on 138 screens over the weekend and $4.90 million in total.
  • Denmark: $3.06 million on 160 screens over the weekend and $4.71 million in total.
  • Switzerland: $3.06 million on 165 screens over the weekend and $4.04 million in total.
  • Belgium: $3.94 million on 168 screens.
  • Hong Kong: $3.62 million on 142 screens.
  • Philippines: $3.59 million on 356 screens.
  • Argentina: $3.53 million on 286 screens.
  • Taiwan: $2.14 million on 66 screens over the weekend and $3.48 million in total.
  • Thailand: $3.16 million on 278 screens.
  • Austria: $1.80 million on 98 screens over the weekend and $3.13 million in total.
  • Singapore: $3.02 million on 107 screens.
  • Poland: $2.70 million on 236 screens.
  • New Zealand: $2.46 million on 149 screens.
  • Finland: $1.12 million on 138 screens over the weekend and $2.23 million in total.
  • Columbia: $2.13 million on 297 screens.
  • Chile: $2.12 million on 173 screens.
  • Malaysia: $2.01 million on 150 screens.
  • Czech Republic: $2.00 million on 95 screens.
  • Turkey: $1.01 million on 495 screens over the weekend and $1.85 million in total.
  • Venezuela: $1.77 million on 145 screens.
  • Portugal: $1.68 million on 95 screens.
  • United Arab Emirate: $1.20 million on 66 screens over the weekend and $1.52 million in total.
  • Ukraine: $1.44 million on 129 screens.
  • South Africa: $1.24 million on 96 screens.
  • Israel: $1.21 million on 48 screens.
We don't have individual results for a number of potential $1 million markets, including Greece, India, Indonesia, Peru, etc. Also, the film doesn't open in China till the beginning of next month, and since the previous installment earned more than $30 million there, it will likely bring in a significant amount.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon was well back in second place, but despite the competition was actually quite strong. It added $39.49 million on 8,961 screens in 57 markets and now has totals of $462.26 million internationally and $765.13 million worldwide. It will hit $800 million worldwide by this time next week, and shortly after that, it will become the highest grossing film in the franchise. Meanwhile, it earned $5.64 million on 877 screens over the weekend in South Korea for a total of $63.49 million after just three weeks of release. It is one of the biggest hits of all time in that market.

No major market openings didn't hurt Cars 2 too badly, as it earned third place with $13.86 million on 5,099 screens in 29 markets for a total of $147.27 million internationally and $312.66 million worldwide. Since the film has yet to open in most international markets, it is still on pace to reach $500 million worldwide, perhaps even $600 million.

Kung Fu Panda 2 was right behind with $10.18 million on 4,996 screens in 50 markets for totals of $423.14 million internationally and $583.21 million worldwide. It has yet to open in Japan and Italy, but by the time it does open in those markets, it will likely be at $600 million worldwide, which will probably be the film's last major milestone.

The film with the highest per screen average on this week's list was Pokemon: Best Wishes: The Movie, which managed $6.81 million on 351 screens in Japan for a per screen average of $19,390. I'm not sure what is more shocking, that is made more per screen that Harry Potter's average of 15,071, or that they still make Pokemon movies.

Keeping tabs on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides for a little while longer makes sense, as it is nearly at a potential milestone. This weekend it made $2.61 million on 1954 screens in 45 markets for a total of $790.79 million internationally and $1.028 billion worldwide. It has now made more than Alice in Wonderland, while it has a slim shot at becoming just the third film to reach $800 million internationally.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Kung Fu Panda 2, Cars 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides