Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint haven’t lost their charm as Harry Potter kids, even though they are all grown up. The latest film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, pulled in a whopping $61.2 million in North American ticket sales. Shazzam!
The film, the next to last in the decade-old series, is on track to be the biggest film yet featuring the young wizards.
The film has a pretty high hurdle to clear, however. The 2005 film, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” which scored a $102.7 million opening weekend.
But Deathly Hallows is on track to make $156 million over the whole weekend from 4,124 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, according to reports.
Batman sequel “The Dark Knight” ranks No. 1 with $158.4 million opening in July 2008.
The last Potter release, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” last July scored $77.8 million opening weekend.
Second place “Megamind” from DreamWorks and Paramount grossed $4.5 million in its third weekend for $97.8 in cumulative box office.
Denzel Washington’s “Unstoppable” earned $4.1 million to rank third, and comedy “Due Date” was fourth with $2.9 million and $66.4 million total domestic gross through its third weekend.
In the latest film, Harry Potter and crew are facing desperate times. The film is said to be the darkest of the series.
It focuses on Lord Voldemort, who has taken control of the wizard world and vows to kill Harry.
Harry (Radcliffe), Hermione (Watson) and Ron (Grint) leave scholarly world of Hogwarts to find and destroy horcruxes, items in which Voldemort has hidden pieces of his soul.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which is due out in July 2011, will mark the end of one of the most profitable series in movie history.