Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 didn’t hit the $180 million some expected it would, but it did have the biggest opening weekend ever at $168.5 million.
The former record holder was The Dark Knight at $158.4 million, and factoring in the extra fees for 3D, attendance was slightly lower, but still impressive for the last film in the Harry Potter series. (Sidenote: When are we going to start paying more attention to attendance than dollar amount? It’s the only true measure.) Missing the projected $180 million can be chalked up to a 53 percent decline from Friday to Saturday, a far steeper fall than one would usually expect.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon fell to second place with a 55 percent decline to an estimated $21.25 million. It does however mark the first film of the year to cross the $300 million domestic gross milestone, and has now racked up a total of $762.8 million.
Horrible Bosses came in third with an estimated $17.6 million, marking a decline of only 38 percent, a very respectable amount.
Zookeeper fell only 39 percent to come in at fourth with $12.3 million. It fell less than most, but when you start at such a low level, you don’t have to go.
Rounding out the top five was Cars 2 with $8.3 million. It looks like Pixar may have finally made a misstep with this film as it is trailing far enough back now from the studio’s other features to mark a 12 year low.
Green Lantern? 14th place with $1.25 million for a total of $112.6 million. This really has become like watching a train wreck.