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 Lego Sets!

The world of Harry Potter grows ever larger, even as the movies come to a close with the two films telling the book series’ final story: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Whether you’re planning on heading out to see it or you’ve already enjoyed a preview screening–or the midnight premiere for the truly devoted fans–you might enjoy the chance to add even more to your growing Harry Potter collection!

Available now in our LEGO section are SIX new playsets that make it possible for you to create your own magic with Lego versions of the characters and settings.


DOBBY’S RELEASE


QUIDDITCH LESSON


HAGRID’S HUT


THE BURROW


HOGWARTS EXPRESS


HOGWARTS CASTLE

And if you just can’t get enough of the Lego-fied Potter and friends, you might want to snag the awesome Lego Harry Potter games for the Big 3 consoles and the Nintendo DS.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for XBox

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for WII

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for PS3

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for DS