As if it was much of a surprise to anyone who has seen the films or read the books, or even casually knows of the phenomenon surrounding J.K. Rowling’s characters, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final film in the franchise, broke records worldwide this weekend and made the top of the list in terms of opening weekends in history.
At a record-smashing $168 Million in the first three days, the film went on to break even more records overseas, and tolled upwards of $475 Million worldwide. Surely a huge break for both the recurring cast of the film, and Warner Bros. in general. This make make that Green Lantern sting feel a little less harsh.
Also opening this weekend, another children’s classic as Disney and Buena Vista tried to breath life back into the Winnie The Pooh franchise. The only problem was its timing, as the film was in half as many theaters as HP, but only pulled in $8 million in the domestic box office, and $14 million worldwide.
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Good news, Disney fans! That honey-loving bear, Winnie the Pooh is making his way back to the big screen, and he’s staying in 2D! Just when you thought Disney was out to take their classic films and rehash them in 3D, some classics just can’t be touched.
The film is set to hit theaters next summer, unfortunately against films like Captain America, Cowboys & Aliens, Transformers 3, and the final Harry Potter film. With the built-in family following of Disney and co-directors Stephen J. Anderson (Meet the Robinsons) and Don Hall (The Princess and the Frog), this Pooh should still retain an audience. Here’s the film’s official synopsis.
Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh,” the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years. With the charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail.
“Well a tail is either there or it isn’t there,” said Pooh. “And yours isn’t… there.” Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some hunny.
We’ve got two brand new stills from the upcoming film, which show some of the classic animation style that got us to fall in love with the whole gang from the Hundred Acre Wood a long time ago. Check them out after the jump, and catch Winnie the Pooh in theaters on July 15th.
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