Blockbuster rings $43.6 million in 26 territories
Let the magic begin.Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ bowed on Wednesday in 26 overseas countries, grossing an unprecedented opening day tally of $43.6 million. Comparing similar territories on opening day, “Part 2″ beat the first “Deathly Hallows” installment by 82% and was 49% higher than the sixth “Potter” pic, “Half-Blood Prince.” Not only that, “Part 2″ also became the biggest opening day ever in eight of debut territories, including Australia, where the film earned $7.5 million. Oz reps the pic’s biggest debut take so far, followed by France, which saw its best-ever Wednesday bow with $7.1 million for “Part 2.” Germany contributed $5.3 million, while Italy and Russia came in with $4.6 million and $4.1 million, respectively. In all, “Part 2″ earned 65% of its opening from 3D; “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” collected 70% from the format opening day. Warners has prepped for a massive worldwide rollout of “Part 2″ this weekend, including every major overseas market except China, where the film launches August 4. Domestically, “Part 2″ already has collected $32 million in advanced ticket sales as of Wednesday. That figure is expected to go rise before the film opens tonight at more than 3,800 midnight locations. Warners is releasing the film Friday on more than 11,000 Stateside screens in 4,375 locations — the franchise’s widest bow. “Part 2″ also opens at a record-setting Imax run, with approximately 425 worldwide locations, including 274 in the U.S.