"Harry Potter and The Order Of the Phoenix" earned a staggering $190.3 million in 44 countries this weekend to bring its 5-day worldwide total to $330 million. "Phoenix" made 77.4 million this weekend in the US alone. Deadline Hollywood says:
…it's difficult to say whether HP5 will out-earn the others. But it made $25.8 mil on Friday, $28.3 mil on Saturday and a projected $23+ mil on Sunday. That's good enough, the studio says, to set the largest non-holiday 5-day Wednesday to Sunday record previously held by Shrek 2 ($128.9 mil). The pic also scored the largest Wednesday ever, and largest Wednesday 12:01 a.m. show ever. Overall, it scored the 5th largest opening day ever.
"Transformers" was second in the US this weekend and has now made 229.9 million worldwide, "Ratatouille" was in third and has a new total of 160 million and "Live Free or Die Hard" (which was freakin awesome, by the way) stayed in fourth and has now earned 194 million. It was funny to see Potter because it's proceeded by trailers for "The Golden Compass" and "The Dark Is Rising", two movies that copy the EXACT same formula as Potter, namely the story of a young boy/girl who thinks he/she is ordinary but is actually special and destined for a magical adventure. They just crossed out "magic" and filled in "time travel" and replaced "talking lion" with "talking polar bear". So either Hollywood is lazier than we all thought or this is just a classic tale that never gets old, much like the story of a knight who wets his bed or the one about a masturbating pig.