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Monday July 20, 2009 9:00 pm

Box Office Breakdown: Harry Potter Casts a Big Win

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

After putting up with a frustrating delay, eager Muggles rushed to the theaters this weekend in droves. kicked off its extended debut with a record-breaking premiere ($22.2 million) at midnight Tuesday. The series’ sixth installment went on to earn $158 million over five days and officially became the biggest international opener of all time ($237 million).

Despite the numbers, there was one film Half-Blood could not beat: The Dark Knight. At this same time last year, the Batman sequel had also racked up $158 million in sales. But that film did it in only three days.

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Although no other films premiered in wide release, there were other noteworthy items to report. Last weekend’s champ, , plummeted a whopping 73% from its first outing with $8.3 million in sales. Meanwhile, The Hangover - which has now grossed $236 million domestically - officially dethroned Beverly Hills Cop to become the most successful R-rated comedy of all time. It now stands behind only The Matrix Reloaded ($281.6 million) and The Passion of the Christ ($370.8 million) on the list of all R-rated films.

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Warner Bros., $77,835,727 (avg. $17,997)
  2. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, 20th Century Fox, $17,561,406 (avg. $4601)
  3. Transformers: Rise of the Fallen, Paramount, $13,691,487 (avg. $3550)
  4. BrĂ¼no, Universal, $8,318,385 (avg. $3015)
  5. The Proposal, Disney, $8,289,707 (avg. $2724)
  6. The Hangover, Warner Bros., $8,177,272 (avg. $3066)
  7. Public Enemies, Universal, $7,748,235 (avg. $2485)
  8. Up, Disney/Pixar, $3,172,014 (avg. $1859)
  9. My Sister’s Keeper, Warner Bros., $2,828,367 (avg. $1438)
  10. I Love You, Beth Cooper, 20th Century Fox, $2,766,863 (avg. $1478)

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