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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Magic at the box office

So, did you go to “Harry Potter” this weekend? Lots did: It made $79.5 million over the weekend (not counting the Wednesday/Thursday screenings, which added up to $80.2 million including a record-setting $22.2 million for the midnight Tuesday shows alone). Let’s take a look at how this stacks up among the top five blockbusters so far this summer (numbers are for the Fri-Sun weekend only):
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”: $108.9 million
“Wolverine”: $85 million
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”: $79.5 million (estimated)
“Star Trek”: $79.2 million
“Up”: $68.1 million
Earlier this summer, I predicted that “Harry Potter” would have the biggest summer opening, followed by “Star Trek,” “Transformers,” “Terminator Salvation,” and “Up.” Obviously I underestimated the appeal of gigantic talking robots and buff men in undershirts who can shred things with their fingers. But of course all of these numbers are dwarfed by the biggest opening weekend of all, which was just last summer: “The Dark Knight,” with $158 million.
So, do you think any upcoming 2009 movie will top “Transformers”? Maybe James Cameron’s “Avatar”? “Sherlock Holmes”? “New Moon”? We’ll see.

(Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

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