November 23, 2010 > 'Deathly Hallows' charms fans with $61M in 1 day
'Deathly Hallows' charms fans with $61M in 1 day
Submitted By AP Wire Service
LOS ANGELES (AP), Nov 20 - Harry Potter is on the way to his biggest magic act yet.
``Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'' conjured up $61.2 million domestically in its first day, positioning it for the best opening weekend ever for the series about the young wizard.
Friday's haul puts ``Deathly Hallows'' on track to shoot past the franchise's previous high, a $102.7 million opening weekend for ``Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'' in 2005.
``Deathly Hallows'' lands at No. 5 on the box-office charts for biggest opening day, behind ``The Twilight Saga: New Moon'' at $72.7 million, ``The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'' at $68.5 million, ``The Dark Knight'' at $67.2 million and ``Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'' at $62 million.
It set a record for its own franchise, coming in ahead of the $58.2 million opening day of last year's ``Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price.''
The franchise has taken in $5.5 billion worldwide in theatrical revenue since the first film debuted in 2001.
The latest film is based on the first part of J.K. Rowling's seventh and final ``Harry Potter'' novel. The finale, ``Deathly Hallows: Part 2,'' is due out in July.