Warner's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II rounded out its first week of release with $11.23 million on Thursday. After a steep Wednesday decline, the film was able to stabilize on Thursday by falling 8 percent from Wednesday, which was nearly on par with the 9 percent daily decline 2009's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince experienced at the same point in its run. Deathly Hallows: Part II grossed a simply massive $226.12 million in its first week of release. That represented the third largest seven-day start of all-time behind only 2008's The Dark Knight ($238.62 million) and 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($228.44 million). The first week performance of Deathly Hallows: Part II was 33 percent stronger than the $169.97 million first week performance of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I this past November.
Understandably, Deathly Hallows: Part II has fallen off very rapidly in its first week as a whole, thanks largely to the film's massive record-breaking opening day performance last Friday. As a result, the film should experience a huge second weekend decline this weekend. With that in mind, it looks like Deathly Hallows: Part II may very well have to settle for a fairly close second over the weekend in the battle for first place between it and Paramount's Captain America: The First Avenger.
Speaking of Captain America: The First Avenger, the anticipated superhero adaptation was off to a good $4.0 million start at midnight. That figure will be counted towards today's opening day gross. Captain America generated the largest midnight start of this summer's four superhero adaptations, though the film did have a bit of an advantage by opening in July as opposed to May or June. Past midnight grosses for comic book adaptations this summer have included $3.37 million for Fox's X-Men: First Class, $3.35 million for Warner's Green Lantern, and $3.30 million for fellow Paramount release Thor.
Fellow Paramount release Transformers: Dark of the Moon was up one spot and 4 percent from Wednesday to claim second on Thursday with $2.55 million. Dark of the Moon took second place for the week with $32.24 million. That was down 52 percent from the previous week and places the film's 23-day domestic total at $313.79 million.
Warner's Horrible Bosses was down one spot from Wednesday to take third with $2.51 million. The R-rated comedy topped the $70 million mark in the process and should surpass the $80 million mark by the end of the weekend. Horrible Bosses finished in third for the week with $28.31 million, which was down just 33 percent from the film's opening week performance.
Zookeeper grossed $2.10 million to hold steady in fourth place. The Kevin James vehicle from Sony was up 10 percent over Wednesday and down only 3 percent from last Thursday. Zookeeper reached the $50 million mark yesterday and is in great shape to hold up very well over the weekend. The film finished in fourth for the week with $20.45 million, which was down 32 percent from the previous week.
Disney's Winnie the Pooh grossed $1.16 million to remain in sixth. The traditionally animated film increased 8 percent over Wednesday. Winnie the Pooh grossed $12.43 million in its first seven days, which was towards the lower end of its modest expectations and good enough for sixth place this week.
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