Warner's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II continued its record breaking start at the box office with $18.04 million on Monday. After Monday's performance, Deathly Hallows now claims the largest four-day domestic start of all-time with a mark of $187.23 million. The previous record of $182.90 million was set by The Dark Knight in July of 2008. Deathly Hallows: Part II is set to reach the $200 million domestic milestone today on its fifth day of release, which would tie The Dark Knight and 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for the record of fastest film to reach the $200 million mark.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II fell 49 percent from Sunday. The film held up better than 2009's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which fell 54 percent on its first Monday, but not as well as The Dark Knight, which fell just 44 percent on its first Monday. The first-Monday gross of Deathly Hallows: Part II was 26 percent softer than the $24.49 million first-Monday gross of The Dark Knight, nearly on par with the $18.14 million first-Monday gross of 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and 82 percent stronger than the $9.92 million first-Monday gross of Half-Blood Prince.
Internationally, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II grossed $41.0 million from 59 territories on Monday. That places the film's international total at $355.0 million and worldwide total at $542.2 million. Key daily international grosses on Monday included $8.0 million in Japan and $5.1 million in the United Kingdom.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossed $2.84 million to finish in second. Paramount's 3D blockbuster sequel fell 56 percent from Sunday and 52 percent from last Monday. There is no question that Deathly Hallows: Part II has had a significant effect on Dark of the Moon over the past five days. The 20-day total for Transformers: Dark of the Moon stands at $305.72 million, placing it 10.7 percent behind the pace of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Warner's Horrible Bosses took third place with $2.61 million, while Sony's Zookeeper finished in fourth with $1.85 million. Horrible Bosses fell 50 percent from Sunday and just 31 percent from last Monday. Zookeeper fell 46 percent from Sunday and a slim 25 percent from last Monday. Both films are displaying strong holding power thus far, with respective eleven-day totals standing at $62.76 million for Horrible Bosses and at $44.23 million for Zookeeper.
Disney claimed fifth and sixth places respectively with its Cars 2 and Winnie the Pooh. Cars 2 fell 51 percent from Sunday to gross $1.24 million on Monday, while Winnie the Pooh was down 48 percent to gross $1.13 million. Cars 2 has grossed $166.63 million through 25 days. Winnie the Pooh has grossed just $8.98 million in four days, but hopes to hold up well going forward.
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