Harry Potter Shatters Box Office
Boy wonder has shattered box office records across the globe. The fifth installment in the "Harry Potter" series earned a reported $330 million in only 5 days (!) prompting Warner Bros to brand the movie the highest grossing of the franchise of all time.
Have the moviegoers been hungry for a new Potter adventure or are those aged and sexed-up teenagers better at luring mass audiences into movie theaters? Whatever the case, Harry Potter 5 is a smash of gigantic proportions. Ironically, diluted by Wednesday and Thursday its weekend gross was the lowest of all previous movies.
Meanwhile, with the current lifetime gross at $223 million "Transformers" has now become the highest grossing robot-themed movie of all time surpassing Terminator: The Judgment Day.
Katherine Heigl's comedy "Knocked Up" has now earned more than $141 million in the US alone. The movie cost only $30 million to produce and is one of this year's biggest success stories.
Meanwhile, "Live Free or Die Hard" is on a good way to become the highest grossing Die Hard movie of all time. Its current cume is $102 million. Die Hard 2 has thus far been the most successful with $117 million. The movie however cost $110 million to produce, so it will have to earn double that amount to become profitable (its current worldwide gross is $194 million).
Now here's what the rest of the weekend domestic box office cume looks like:
1. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," $77.4 million.
2. "Transformers," $36 million.
3. "Ratatouille," $18 million.
4. "Live Free or Die Hard," $10.9 million.
5. "License to Wed," $7.4 million.
6. "1408," $5.01 million.
7. "Evan Almighty," $5 million.
8. "Knocked Up," $3.7 million.
9. "Sicko," $2.65 million.
10. "Ocean's Thirteen," $1.9 million.