Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has beaten off three new releases this weekend to remain #1 at the U.S. box office but has seen a drop of over 62% from it's opening weekend sales. The movie has also grabbed an estimated $65.5m from 40 countries this weekend for a $362m total in just two weeks.
Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban topped the box office in its second weekend earning an estimated $35.1 million from 3,855 theaters. The second sequel suffered a big drop in sales of 62.6% but has still managed to collect $158.1 million in its first 10 days. Sorcerer's Stone had collected $186.9 million and Chamber of Secrets $148.4 million in the same amount of time.
Box Office Mojo is reporting that Prisoner is doing a substantial business overseas and has a breakdown of the film's take in some of the countries.
Australia recorded the best opening for the weekend for the third installment in the Harry Potter series with an estimated $8.2m (AU$11.5m) gross from 452 screens, which will be either the third or fourth biggest opening of all time in Australia. The debut was 8.4% ahead of Chamber of Secrets, 25% ahead of Sorcerer's Stone, and 9% ahead of Spider-Man.
After a phenomenal opening weekend, ranking as the second biggest ever, Azkaban grossed an estimated $3.2m (Peso 36.1m) from 750 screens in Mexico, down 40%, making its the (can you believe it) second biggest second weekend ever behind Spider-Man. The estimated cume to date of $10.6m (Peso 121m) is tracking a stunning 60% ahead of HP1 and 53% ahead of HP2. Clearly director Alfonso Cuarón has phenomenal star power in Mexico.
Even with this significant drop in the U.S. Prisoner could still be on target to beat the global gross of $875m for Chamber of Secrets.