- The newest Harry Potter film cast his biggest box-office spell yet with a franchise record $125.1 million domestically over opening weekend. In terms of revenue, that puts Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1 ahead of the series' best previous debut of $102.7 million for 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
- Factoring in today's higher admission prices, the latest movie had roughly the same size audience as the franchise's best previous draws -- Goblet of Fire and 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which launched the series. Deathly Hallows and those two earlier movies each sold around 16 million tickets in their first weekend.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1 landed at #6 on the domestic revenue chart for biggest opening weekends, a list headed by 2008's The Dark Knight with $158.4 million. It also was this year's second-biggest debut, behind Iron Man 2, which is #5 on the all-time chart with $128.1 million.
- After two weeks on top, DreamWorks Animation's Megamind fell to #2 with $16.2 million -- and a cumulative total now past the $100 million mark ($109.5 million).
- Opening pretty weakly for Lionsgate at #5 was the debut of the Russell Crowe drama, The Next Three Days, with $6.8 million.
- Collectively, top 10 finishers in the the holiday box office season's first frame rung up $185.3 million. That was 25% less than top performers in a comparable frame last year topped by The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
- All figures are industry estimates. Final weekend figures will be released on Monday.
- Reviews of Megamind, RED and other movies not in the top 10 can be found by clicking on the Film Reviews archive icon at left.
- Sources: Hollywood.com, Hollywood Reporter, AP