Harry Potter and aliens top the box office

Rentrak Corp. has released its weekly estimates and three movies with preternatural themes earned big at the box office this weekend.

Not surprisingly, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II ranked Number 1 at the box office this weekend. Earning an unprecedented estimated $168.5 million dollars in its opening weekend, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 broke the $158.4 million record, which was previously held by The Dark Knight, and now holds the record for the biggest opening weekend box office hit.

With an extensive cast Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II is the first and only Harry Potter film to be offered in 3D and it is the most successful box office earner in the Harry Potter franchise. With an extensive cast, Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fines), Albus Dumbledore ( Michael Gambon), Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch, who somehow manages to stay clean throughout the final film), Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) and Draco Malfoy (Best Villain Tom Felton), to name a few, this final instalment truly marks the end of an era.

The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon fell from the Number 1 spot at the box office to the Number 2 spot this weekend. Earning another approximately $21.2 million dollars for Paramount, the third instalment of the Transformers franchise brings back the Autobots and their bid to save Earth from the Decepticons. Reprising their roles are Sam Witwicky  (Shia LaBeof), Lennox (Josh Duhamel), Epps (Tyrese Gibson) and Simmons (John Turturro who is currently in pre-production as Hades in Gods Behaving Badly), to name a few. Dylan (Patrick Dempsey or Robert Phillip from Enchanted),  joins the cast as does newcomer and former member of the British Embassy, Carly Spencer (Rosie Huntington-Whitely in her film debut) and Bruce Brazos (preternatural icon John Malkovich who sat down with Artisan News Service to discuss the experience).

Directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger, this is the first Transformers film to be offered in 3D. In this instalment, we are taken back to 1961 when President John F. Kennedy makes his promise to the nation to put a man on the moon. Little did the nation know, the reason behind such a promise was because of a report of a crash on the moon. The 1969 NASA moon landing was actually an investigation of the wrecked spacecraft. We are then fast-forward to 2011 where we see Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeof) through his desperate attempt to navigate adulthood and we learn that he is no longer with Mikaela, but is now living with his new girlfriend, Carly (Huntington-Whitely). The Autobots, however, learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and are forced into a race against the Decepticons to find it and learn its secrets.

Produced by Steven Spielberg and written and directed by J.J. Abrams, Super 8 slipped from the Number 7 spot to the Number 9 spot, bringing Paramount another estimated $1.9 million this weekend. A group of young friends– Alice Dainard (Elle Fanning-Dakota Fanning’s younger sibling), Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney), Cary (Ryan Lee), Preston (Zach Mills), Charles (Riley Griffiths) and Martin (Gabriel Basso) witness a train wreck and begin to investigate strange happenings in their small town.

Overall, it was a good weekend at the box office for these three films. Did you see any of these films this weekend?