The darker Harry Potter gets, the more fans love it.
The first part of the young wizard’s last chapter conjured up record audiences, pulling in $125.1 million for its opening weekend.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” broke opening day records for the previous six movies, easily dominating a box office that also included the train action thrilled “Unstoppable” and the latest computer-animated outing “Megamind.”
A lot of that came from Friday when “Deathly Hallows” earned $61.2 million. However, the numbers started to slow down a bit by Saturday, falling 37 percent, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It continued its slide on Sunday, meaning that there could be a major fall-off for next weekend, although it’s likely to maintain its No. 1 slot.
If “Deathly Hallows” can maintain its opening weekend push, it could easily become the year’s highest-grossing film. That record this year right now belongs to “Toy Story 3,” which grossed $414.7 million at the box office this year.
“Deathly Hallows” did better than “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which opened more than a year ago to the tune of $77.8 million, leading to a $302 million box office take. It also is the best Harry Potter opening since “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” which opened to $102.7 million.
None of the films have topped “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which grossed $317.6 million in 2001. That is the 26th highest-grossing movie of all-time, according to Internet Movie Database. It’s well behind other genre flicks such as “Avatar” ($760.5 million), “The Dark Knight” ($533.3 million) and “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope” ($460.9 million).
The movie, like “Half-Blood Prince,” was directed by David Yates, and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
“Megamind,” starring Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, is at second with $16.2 million, bringing its total so far with $109.5 million. “Skyline” fell to seventh with a disappointing $3.4 million in its second week, bringing its total to $17.6 million.