Harry Potter makes box office magic again

'Harry Potter' makes box office magic again

Well done, Potter.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1” posted the franchise’s best opening ever by grossing $125.1 million this weekend, according to studio estimates. That figure smashes the wizarding series’ prior opening-weekend record of $102.7 million, held by 2005’s “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

The new Potter flick also registered the sixth-largest opening weekend of all time, landing just behind this year’s “Iron Man 2,” which debuted to $128.1 million in May.

“Deathly Hallows” launched its weekend spell late Thursday night when 3,700 theaters screened the PG-13 fantasy movie at midnight. Some theaters arranged showings as late as 3:15 a.m.

The movie gathered $24 million from those screenings en route to a Friday tally of $61.2 million, the fifth-best opening day, period. After Friday, “Deathly Hallows” essentially followed the box-office trajectory of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which was released on the same November weekend last year.

“New Moon” earned a record $72.7 million its opening day, and then fell 42 and 34 percent on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

“Deathly Hallows” held up a tad better, dropping 38 percent on Saturday (for $38.2 million) and an estimated 33 percent on Sunday (for $25.8 million). While Warner Bros. may have preferred a somewhat steadier ride from “Deathly Hallows,” no one’s complaining, least of all moviegoers. CinemaScore audiences gave the movie an “A” grade.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows FIGURES

Brand new renditions of some great characters have arrived from the NECA Harry Potter figure collection!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter, Professor (Headmaster?) Severus Snape and Fenrir Greyback are the three Potterverse men who have made the cut to appear as the first figure wave from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), though we are definitely hoping to see some more joining them soon! Each one features all the brilliant sculpting you’ve come to expect from the NECA brand and brings a little bit of magic to any fan’s toy shelf.

NEW Harry Potter Trailer and Upcoming Toys!

That’s the latest trailer for the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last two entries and final chapter of the incredible Harry Potter franchise. I am absurdly excited for these movies to come out and for a chance to see my favourite characters and actors (Bill Nighy is going to be worth the price of admission all on his own. This I know.) at it again–or for the first time. Naturally, I am far from alone in my anticipation and I have a ton of friends and family members awaiting this with just as much Keen (with a capital K) as I.

And, of course, as an action figure aficionado I am excited to see that NECA will be bringing yet more highly-detailed figures to my life and my display shelf. The Deathly Hallows brings three new figures in its first wave in 2011: Harry Potter, Fenrir Greyback and another Severus Snape (yess!!!), available as both individual figures and as a set of three. Irritatingly enough, there are no pictures as yet, but you can pre-order them or take a look at all the other figures available in our collection, from 7-inch figures, deluxe packs and box sets to Harry Potter LEGO toys that let you recreate the films with a build-it-yourself touch. You can visit the whole section by clicking the famous font below!