Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and the entire cast of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince enjoyed the best-ever opening for a Potter film this past weekend with estimated box office returns of $79.5 million. The mark eclipses the previous top mark of $77.1 million set by Order of the Phoenix and brings Prince’s 5-day total to $159.7 million.
In comparison, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen raked in just under $109 million in its opening weekend and remains the film to beat in 2009 as it marches towards $400 million in domestic box office receipts.
Elsewhere at the weekend box office, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs continues to play strong as it crossed the $150 million mark with $17.7 million, good enough for second place. Transformers 2 continues to play just behind with $13.75 million and $364 million overall.
Bruno failed to recapture its opening day magic and came in fourth with $8.37 million. Retiring the eccentric character is looking more and more like the right decision.
The complete box office results for July 17-19 are as follows (click linked titles to read our review):
- 1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $79.475m
- 2. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: $17.7m
- 3. Transformers Revenge of the Fallen: $13.75m
- 4. Bruno: $8.37m
- 5. The Hangover: $8.32m
- 6. The Proposal: $8.29m
- 7. Public Enemies: $7.59m
- 8. Up: $3.15m
- 9. My Sister’s Keeper: $2.83m
- 10. I Love You, Beth Cooper: $2.66m
Next weekend a trio of diverse genre films go head-to-head as Disney aims for kids with G-Force in 3D, Warner looks for scares with The Orphan, and Sony hopes to find The Proposal’s success with Katherine Heigl in The Ugly Truth. My money is on G-Force which has a 500 screen advantage over its competition and a hungry family crowd coming off Ice Age 3.
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