According to Deadline Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is getting a mega-release that is going as wide as 4,375 theaters and over 11,000 screens in North America alone. Supposedly that number is climbing also. If you read the latest box office numbers that I posted, at the end of it I had asked everyone what will bring down Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I think I’ve been given my answer. The film will be shown in at least 3,000 3D locations on as many as 4,250 3D screens. It will also be showing on 274 IMAX screens, 120 Premium Large Format cinemas and 270 drive-ins. All of those numbers are new industry records for any movie.
“We are positioned to exceed the largest Harry Potter opening box office of all time,” a Warner Bros top exec told Deadline confidently. Remember, it’s already the largest grossing franchise in motion picture history.
We might be currently sitting at 2 days left on the countdown meter for the premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 but that isn’t stopping people from buying their tickets from Fandango. Supposedly it’s already their top ticket-seller of 2011. Fandango also states that they have sold more 3D tickets for this movie than they have for any other movie this year. That includes the likes of The Hangover 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Ticket sales for this finale are currently 91 percent of Fandango’s daily ticket sales. “It’s our fastest-selling movie of the year and our best-selling Potter movie of all time,” says Fandango Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Butler says in a statement. “The first Potter helped put advance ticketing on the map in 2001, so it’s fitting that the grand finale would break records with fans on our Web site and mobile applications.”
Obviously going along with Fandango’s sales, the movie theaters are having a heck of a time trying to keep up with the demand. They have to keep adding screens to keep up. The Harry Potter franchise finale has already sold out more than 5,000 showtimes across the country. With these numbers that are currently available, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is on it’s way to becoming the all-time #2 pre-seller in the history of Fandango.
Are you going to battle the die-hard fans that will be seeing this at midnight or are you going to wait until later in the weekend, if not Monday to see this? I might be getting an early screening, however if I don’t end up getting it I will not be seeing this until Monday at the earliest.