The Harry Potter franchise enjoyed its biggest opening weekend ever, as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 bowed at the box office with $125.1M. That included midnight totals ($24M) from Thursday. The film made $61M on Friday (factoring in the midnight totals).
That is a great total, but it did fall short of Twilight: New Moon’s opening day total of $72.7 last November.
The film was well received by audiences, and received an “A” according to a Cinemascore poll. The franchise’s previous best opening weekend total was $102.7M back in 2005, with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Deathly Hallows can now boast the sixth best opening weekend of all time, and the fifth best opening day ever. It also had an outstanding per/screen average of about $30,000.
Coming in at a very distant second was Megamind, now in its third week of release. The film made $16M, and has now made just shy of $110M over its entire run. Unstoppable dropped about 42%, but managed another $13.1M. Its two week total is $41.9M. It will have a steep climb to reach its $100M budget total.
Due Date dropped about 40% for fourth place. Newcomer The Next Three Days was DOA. The Russell Crowe action film only made $6.7M. Ouch. It is worth mentioning that the film only played on about 2,500 screens, far less than the rest of the films in the top five.
This week the holidays will kick off on Wednesday, when Love and Other Drugs, Burlesque, Faster, and Tangled compete for our dollars. 127 Hours will also be expanding into a wider market on Wednesday.