‘Deathly Hallows’ No. 5 on opening day box-office chartsWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
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, scoring the best opening weekend for the series about the young wizard.
Nov. 19′s haul helped “Deathly Hallows” shoot past the franchise’s previous high, a $102.7 million opening weekend for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in 2005. “Dealthy Hallows” is reported to have had $125.1 million in U.S. and Canadian opening weekend ticket sales.
“Deathly Hallows” is 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.
The Nov. 17 edition of Toledo Free Press Star focused on the release of “Deathly Hallows.” A limited number of print copies are still available at stand locations, the digital version can be viewed at this link.
Associated Press contributed to this report.