Nearly a decade in and “Harry Potter” filmgoers can’t get enough — a fact which was proved by the massive box-office showing of the latest flick in the franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.”
Powered by a $24 million haul from the movie’s midnight showings, which was the third highest midnight-screening debut of all time, the film netted $61.1 million on Friday. Fans sporting “Potter” garb and brandishing pretend wands have swarmed theaters, and experts predict that the penultimate installment in the series could ring up over $100 million its debut weekend.
Action junkies were still able to get their fix at theaters with “Unstoppable,” which arrived in second place on Friday. Denzel Washington and Chris Pine’s locomotive-themed adventure pulled down a little over $4 million dollars. The film’s haul now stands at around $33 million as the thriller kicks off its second weekend on screens.
Third-place flick “Megamind” was hot on the heels of “Unstoppable.” The comedian-packed animated hit scored $3.7 million as the flick, which stars Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, headed into the weekend. The movie’s total estimated haul is skyrocketing toward $100 million, with $97 million picked up since its debut in early November.
Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr.’s cross-country trek “Due Date” continued to cruise along in the top five. Audiences handed over $2.9 million Friday to check out the odd couple’s journey to deliver Downey’s character in time for the birth of his child. The Friday figure kicks the movie’s estimated haul to around $66 million.
“The Next Three Days” opened in fifth place on Friday. Russell Crowe’s turn as a determined husband who plots to spring his wife — played by Elizabeth Banks — from jail scored $2.2 million on screens.
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