Potter Cast Its Spell At Box Office

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November 21, 2010 | 7:40pm EST

Harry Potter has worked its magic on the box office chart once again, opening with a spell-binding gross of $125.1 million.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1, scored the franchise’s best debut to date, ahead of 2005’s Goblet of Fire, which took $102.7 million in its first weekend of release.

The seventh Potter film raked in a whopping $24 million from midnight showings alone when it opened on Thursday night.

The stellar figures toppled animated hit Megamind from number one – the Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell-voiced film slips to two with $16.2 million, while Denzel Washington’s Unstoppable takes third place with $13.1 million.

Russell Crowe’s new thriller The Next Three Days scrapes into the top five at five with an opening take of $6.8 million, behind comedy Due Date at four with $9.2 million.