‘Harry Potter’ Casts Spell Over Theatres Worldwide

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

All over the world, fans turned up in record-breaking numbers to celebrate the release of the penultimate entry in the beloved fantasy series.

With over $125 million in ticket sales at the U.S. box office over the weekend, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1’ claimed the best opening weekend of the year, as well as the sixth highest grossing opening weekend in history.

Additionally, the film grossed over $205 million internationally, raising its worldwide total to over $330 million in just three days of release.

By contrast, Russell Crowe’s new thriller ‘The Next Three Days’, the only other new entry in U.S. theatres, flopped with only $6.5 million in fifth place.

‘Deathly Hallows – Part 1’ is the first part of the seventh and final novel in J.K. Rowling’s series, which was split into two separate films due to its length. The film sees Harry Potter’s struggle against the evil Lord Voldemort reaching a close, with the entire wizarding world completely overrun by the dark wizard and his legion of followers.

‘Deathly Hallows’ has also been warmly received by critics, scoring a 79% rating from 203 reviews on film site Rotten Tomatoes.

In second place, previous box office winner ‘Megamind’ performed respectably with $16 million, declining 45% in its third weekend.

Similarly, action thriller ‘Unstoppable’ and road comedy ‘Due Date’ also held well in their second and third weeks, declining 43% and 42% to $13 million in third place and $8.9 million in fourth place respectively.

Top U.S. Box Office Hits

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1  -  $125 million
  2. Megamind  -  $16 million
  3. Unstoppable  -  $13 million
  4. Due Date  -  $8.9 million
  5. The Next Three Days  -  $6.8 million
  6. Morning Glory  -  $5.2 million
  7. Skyline  -  $3.4 million
  8. Red  -  $2.5 million
  9. For Coloured Girls  -  $2.4 million
  10. Fair Game  -  $1.5 million

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ is currently playing in Shenzhen.

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