Harry Potters spell on box office holds strong


Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 saw none of its magic wane at the box office this weekend, as it claimed the number one spot for the second week running.

Beating off competition from Disney’s Tangled , Cher’s Burlesque and The Rock’s Faster , the wand-happy sequel took a further $50m.

Which brings its total haul to $220m, just shy of the $250m that was spent on the budget of both parts of the franchise closer. We’re sure the WB are very happy indeed.

Disney’s well-received new CGI fairytale Tangled settled for second place ($49m), just ahead of other CG vehicle Megamind ($12m), while saucy Burlesque opened in fourth ($11.8m) and runaway train movie Unstoppable closed out the top five ($11.7m).

Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway’s shagathon Love And Other Drugs tumbled around in sixth place ($9.8m), Dwayne Johnson’s revenge thriller Faster got seventh ($8.8m) and Due Date slipped from fourth to eighth ($7.3m).

The final two places in the top ten went to Russell Crowe’s prison break drama The Next Three Days in ninth ($4.8m) and Rachel McAdams comedy Morning Glory ($4m).

Next week, Black Swan and The Warrior’s Way open. Can they topple Harry Potter ?

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.