‘Harry Potter’ beats Batman — but will the Dark Knight rise again?

July 18, 2011 | 12:23 p.m.
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Hogwarts vs. Gotham City? Harry Potter and Batman fans will never find out who would beat whom on the battlefield, but the young wizard has proved himself dominant at the box office with the biggest global opening weekend in film history.

harry potter gallery Harry Potter beats Batman    but will the Dark Knight rise again?“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” raked in just over $169 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, according to a final tally Monday morning by Warner Bros. That’s significantly more than the previous record for the biggest-ever weekend at the North American box office, set by “The Dark Knight” three years ago with $158.6 million.

The David Yates-directed fantasy film also set a record for the biggest international opening with a massive $309-million take in 59 foreign markets. And that’s with China still yet to come.

Call it magic or chalk it up to the devotion of muggles, but it’s a record that Hollywood experts expect to stand without challenge — at least until next year when, just like the title says, “The Dark Knight Rises.”  That Christopher Nolan film, the third starring Christian Bale as Batman, is the next release with a good shot at stealing the No. 1 spot from Potter. And even if it falls a bit short, it raises the tantalizing possibility that Warner Bros. could possess the three biggest opening-weekend totals (not adjusted for inflation) in Hollywood history.

— Ben Fritz


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14 Responses to ‘Harry Potter’ beats Batman — but will the Dark Knight rise again?

  1. William Hill says:

    I just saw the last one and of course like everyone else I might have done a few things differently. But all in all it was great I think J.K. did a great job with the story.

  2. Semi-Potter Fan says:

    Never gonna happen. The next Dark Knight will do no better than Transformers 3…which is good…but not going to touch Potter's number. Sorry.

    • Modest Critic says:

      Nolans Batman franchise has done nothing but grow since the release of Batman Begins. To say that the next Dark Knight will do no better than Transformers 3 is a bit off to me considering that when you take Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 and The Dark Knight and adjust the opening weekends with inflation The Dark Knight comes out the winner so what I'm saying is when another year goes by and the inflation rises with that year I don't think an adequate statement is "Never gonna happen" in regards to The Dark Knight Rises attempt to dethrone Potter more like it holds a pretty solid chance at doing just that. But the real winner here…Warner Bros

  3. brettghampton says:

    How much of a factor was the 3-D surcharge on ticket sales? Nolan has stated that his film won't be released in 3-D, which might be something that holds back "The Dark Knight Rises" from taking over the Number One spot from the latest Potter film next year. Unless, of course, regular ticket prices jump so astornomically that next year's regular ticket is the equivalent of this year's 3-D ticket price.

  4. shelly says:

    Batman will take back the record from harry potter next year.

  5. Anon says:

    This film will easily regain top spot, wait and see!

  6. JR Batman says:

    HP7 remember has £D sales on its side. Batman does not not lets rethink those numbers!

  7. Scotland says:

    The dark knight rises WILL beat Harry potter

  8. franj<3harry says:

    Hooray Harry Potter will be on the rise against the dark knights!!!! it's totally excellente!!!

  9. Kim says:

    Yeah, the dark knight rises will beat Harry Potter…in your dreams.

  10. watchbatman says:

    Don’t forget IMAX tickets prices! And why not mention that in “number of tickets sold” category TDK still came out on top? The only reason I see for TDKR not leaving DH2 far behind is if the film does not live up to the hype, and I have yet to see a dissapointing film from Nolan. Though jumping over your own sky-high head is a challenge, of course.

  11. Lily says:

    The Dark Knight Rises will beat Harry Potter. GO BATMAN<3

  12. Ricky says:

    domestic: The Dark Knight
    worldwide: HP7 Part 2

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