Harry Potter conjures up US$140 millionWhatever Harry Potter’s fate is in the final J.K. Rowling book that comes out Saturday, he’s alive and ruling at the movie box office. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, weekend to run its five-day opening total to US$140 million.
That’s the sixth-highest five-day opening of all time and the highest of the Potter movies, which have all starred Daniel Radcliffe in the title role.
The first four Potter films grossed a worldwide total of US$3.5 billion. Warner Bros. is already filming the sixth and seventh stories.
The success of the boy wizard overshadowed the equally impressive box-office story of Transformers.
The popular robots earned US$36 million in their third weekend, a strong second-place finish that runs their total to US$223 million.
The animated hit Ratatouille, the critics’ favourite film this summer, earned US$18 million to finish third. So far it has grossed US$143 million.
Bruce Willis’ good-natured action flick Die Hard 4.0 earned US$10.9 million to finish fourth and crack the US$100 million mark itself.
Michael Moore’s quasi-documentary Sicko, on the health care system, came in ninth for the second successive week, with earnings of US$2.7 million. With a gross to date of US$15.9 million, it will likely fall well short of the gross of Moore’s previous films.
Next weekend’s two big releases are the goofy gay marriage comedy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and the movie version of the hit stage musical Hairspray.
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