Harry Pot­ter bows out with a box-of­fice bang

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

YOU’VE LIKELY heard that Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 smashed into the record books with the high­est gross­ing US open­ing week­end ever.

With tak­ings of $169.2 mil­lion, the boy wizard trounced The Dark Knight’s pre­vi­ous tally of $158.4 mil­lion and notched up a record-break­ing $309 mil­lion in the rest of the world.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Harry’s big­gest haul out­side the US came from the ter­ri­tory com­pris­ing the UK, Ire­land and Malta. But Ir­ish mug­gles, where art thou? Screen av­er­ages for the en­tire, ahem, area, sug­gest tak­ings of a re­mark­able ¤46,000 per screen. In the Repub­lic of Ire­land alone, HPDH2 man­aged ¤1,548,203 from 64 lo­ca­tions.

But as any fool ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing in­stan­ta­neous long divi­sion might tell you, those num­bers mean that Ire­land only hearts Harry Pot­ter half as much as the Bri­tish do. In fact we only loved Harry to the tune of ¤24,190 per site.

No mat­ter. Harry’s week­end tally still cat­a­pults the film straight into Ire­land’s top 10 gross­ing movies of 2011 thus far. More than half­way through the pop­corn sea­son, The Hang­over Part 2 and Brides­maids are cur­rently Ire­land’s favourite 2011 re­leases with cu­mu­la­tive to­tals of ¤3,880,794 and ¤3,271,654, re­spec­tively.

Will Harry Pot­ter ul­ti­mately con­jure enough to spoil Ire­land’s ro­mance with bawdy wed­ding films?

Chums: Ru­pert Grint, Daniel Rad­cliffe and Emma Wat­son at the New York pre­miere

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