For the second straight weekend, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 captured the box office crown with an estimated $50.3 million haul. However, it was almost dethroned by the latest offering from the Mouse House, as Tangled (a.k.a. Rapunzel) came just a hair short (hair, haha! get it?) of Hallows with a $49.1 million take. Dwayne “I’m not The Rock anymore” Johnson’s awful-looking revenge flick Faster was D.O.A. with a pathetic $8 million in ticket sales.
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A palpable sense of darkness looms over Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, the seventh — and bleakest — installment in the franchise yet. By now, any last vestiges of kid’s play have been thoroughly erased, letting this, the penultimate film in the Harry Potter universe, blossom into a dark, brooding and mesmerizing work of art. Just as its young stars grew up, the series has too, and is all the better for its sense of cinematic maturity.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, the penultimate chapter in the overwhelmingly popular saga of the lightning-scarred boy wizard, cast its spell over the Friday box office, taking in an estimated $61.2 million (including $24 million from midnight screenings Thursday night.) That makes it fifth best opening day in history, and the best opening day in the Potter franchise.