Thursday, September 15, 2011

Did Harry Potter's final battle live up to the blockbuster hype?

When 2011 arrived earlier this year, my initial look at the movie calendar didn't make me too hopeful. At the most, I thought I'd see one movie: Water for Elephants. But as the months crept by I ended up dashing to the theaters to so many more than I expected. As the Deathly Hallows was released, the Hollywood media and the world made predictions that this finale to end all finales would reign supreme at the box office for weeks, no months - perhaps long enough to knock Titanic off its all-time box office pedestal...

But as the summer rolled along, DH2 seemed to fall off the box off list fast and hard.  With the millions of HP fans that grew up with the series who are now almost-adults like myself, I became voraciously curious: why the movie really only stayed at number one for a week or two?

No doubt money doesn't equalize passion, but I am still left to ponder: There weren't many audiences and critic-pleasing movies released during the summer. DH2 is one of the highly praised films from critics. Did the darker tones of DH2 turn away parents from taking their kids? Not from my experiences; dozens of mothers took their children the both times I went. Since The Help stayed at number one for almost four weeks, did audiences simply tell Hollywood that box office movies, no matter the impact of the story, are losing popularity?

With my life getting filled up with school and a busy home life, I couldn't escape to the cinemas at all in August. But, I still managed to see DH2 twice. With movie theaters dropping DH2 from their screens, I'm scrambling to find a theater to see it again one last time. Did *cough* streaming *cough* win its way for fans to experience the last film at home?

I agree it could have been 1000% more convenient, but sitting at home watching a movie on my computer screen does not and cannot compare to experiencing a finale as big as this on the big screen with other hardcore fans.  Did fans who attended the opening weekend get their fill the first time and didn't have the appetite to see it again? Because I keep thinking 'It's the last onneeeee!! I have to see it again!!!'

With $377,104,684 nationwide, and $1,321,382,350 worldwide, and even scoring the accomplishment of being the highest-earning movie for an opening weekend ever, it's not like Deathly Hallows Part Two didn't fare at all well.

 Why did such a big movie fall so hard so fast at the box office? What do you think?

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