Harry Potter works box-office magic again

2011-07-19 07:08

Los Angeles – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 continued its record-setting sorcery at international theatres this past weekend and is well on its way to passing the half-billion dollar mark in total worldwide receipts just days after it opened.

As of Sunday night, Potter 7 had earned $481.5 million (R3.3 billion) worldwide, with a record-breaking $312.3 million of that coming from 59 international territories, including record grosses in Great Britain ($36.6 million) and Australia ($26.7 million).

As usual, Harry Potter’s box-office magic got a little wizardly help from ticket-price inflation and pricey 3-D admissions.

Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon continued to pummel international audiences into submission in its third weekend of release.

After dominating the chart for two weeks, Michael Bay’s destruction derby remains an overseas favourite, adding another $39 million in nearly 9 300 locations in 59 territories.

This brings the cumulative international total to $460 million and its worldwide revenue within stomping distance of $800 million.

Cars 2 took the weekend’s international checkered flag in third place with $12.4 million in 28 territories and an overseas total of $146.6 million and a global total of $311.9 million after a month in release.

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