Those with a vested interest in box office numbers, or those who keep up with it as sport, are certainly watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 this weekend to see how it fares. The numbers for Friday's opening are in, and it looks like the magical first half of this Hogwarts finale has brought in an estimated $61.2 million. That makes it the fifth highest grossing opener of all time.
This seventh film in the Harry Potter franchise surpassed the opening day grosses of its previous installment Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which only pulled in $58.2 million back in the summer of 2009. But it couldn't quite catch up with the last two installments of The Twilight Saga, with New Moon earning $68.5 million in 2009, and Eclipse breaking the record for the best opening weekend ever with $72.7 million. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 also fell short of The Dark Knight's 2008 opening day grosses of $67.2 million, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen's 2009 opening day grosses of $62 million.
$24 million of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 ticket sales came from Thursday's midnight screenings, where it played on a record 3,700 screens. If you are waiting to hear if Harry Potter broke any box office records with his first day debut, yes, he did. The latest sequel in this franchise earned a record breaking $5.1 million dollars from IMAX ticket sales, playing on 239 IMAX screens.
Industry insiders speculate that the movie will make more than $150 million through Sunday, playing on a record number of 4,124 screens. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 is expected to make more than $400 million at the domestic box office before it ends its theatrical run.