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November 23, 2010 > 'Deathly Hallows' charms fans with $61M in 1 day

'Deathly Hallows' charms fans with $61M in 1 day

Submitted By AP Wire Service

LOS ANGELES (AP), Nov 20 - Harry Potter is on the way to his biggest magic act yet.

``Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'' conjured up $61.2 million domestically in its first day, positioning it for the best opening weekend ever for the series about the young wizard.

Friday's haul puts ``Deathly Hallows'' on track to shoot past the franchise's previous high, a $102.7 million opening weekend for ``Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'' in 2005.

``Deathly Hallows'' lands at No. 5 on the box-office charts for biggest opening day, behind ``The Twilight Saga: New Moon'' at $72.7 million, ``The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'' at $68.5 million, ``The Dark Knight'' at $67.2 million and ``Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'' at $62 million.

It set a record for its own franchise, coming in ahead of the $58.2 million opening day of last year's ``Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price.''

The franchise has taken in $5.5 billion worldwide in theatrical revenue since the first film debuted in 2001.

The latest film is based on the first part of J.K. Rowling's seventh and final ``Harry Potter'' novel. The finale, ``Deathly Hallows: Part 2,'' is due out in July.

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