Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Sets Franchise Record

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It seems Warner Bros.' excessive marketing has paid off for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which opened last Friday to a franchise record $61 million, including Thursday midnight shows. The film went on to rake in slightly more than $125 million, making it the sixth-highest grossing opening weekend behind the likes of The Dark Knight and Twilight: New Moon.

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Coming in a distant second, Megamind earned $16.2 million in its third weekend, bringing its total over the $100 million mark and getting it ever more closer to making back its $130 million budget. Third place belonged to Unstoppable, which pulled in about $13.5 million for a ten day gross of about $42 million.

Due Date dropped to fourth place, earning $9.2 million to add to a $72.7 million total, while Russell Crowe's thriller The Next Three Days proved to be a non-starter, debuting in fifth place with only $6.8 million.

Check out more detailed numbers for this week's top five below:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - $125,120,000
  2. Megamind - $16,175,000
  3. Unstoppable - $13,100,000
  4. Due Date - $9,150,000
  5. The Next Three Days - $6,750,000

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Quotes

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody: Fare warning, it tastes like goblin piss.
Fred Weasley: Have lots of experience with that do you Mad Eye?... just trying to diffuse the tension.

Harry Potter: [From the second trailer] You think I don't know how this feels?
Ron Weasley: No! You don't know how it feels! Your parents are dead! You have no family!

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