By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros, Variety, AP.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
After having a huge opening on Wednesday, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix went on to become the best five-day opening for a non-holiday film. The fifth installment in the Potter franchise took in an estimated $140 million over the five days, with $77.4 million over the weekend.
Weekend Box Office for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Though Order of the Phoenix took the title of best five-day for a non-holiday, the film's weekend opening was the weakest of all five Potter films to date. The film's $77.4 million couldn't stand a chance to the box office openings of the other Potter installments; which range from $88.4 million to $102.7 million.
Warner Bros. is not fazed, however, as this is the first Potter to open on a Wednesday instead of a Friday. Add in the fact that Order of the Phoenix did more in five days than the first three films did in an entire week, and they have yet another reason not to worry.
Want some more optimism? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the only other Potter film to have a summer release and it is also the lowest performing film in the franchise. Wondering if there was a summer curse against the boy wizard, Warner. Bros figured they would take another shot at the season with Order of the Phoenix. Fortunately, the risk (and the Wednesday release) paid off.
Transformers came in second behind Potter after a 49% drop from last weekend to take in another $36 million from 4,050 screens. The film's total domestic take now rests at $223 million.