Magazine article Screen International

Deathly Hallows Casts Its Spell on UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Deathly Hallows Casts Its Spell on UK Box Office

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The penultimate instalment in the blockbuster franchise plundered $29.1m (£18.3m) at the UK box office over the November 19 - 21 weekend.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part One was the fifth-biggest weekend opening (including previews) in UK since records began, and the fourth-biggest in the Harry Potter franchise (it is the seventh release).

Warner Bros.' Deathly Hallows opened on 579 screens for an average of $50,317 (£31,640). The biggest UK opening remains Harry Potter And The Prince Of Azkaban, which took $38m (£23.9m) in June 2004. Earlier this year Toy Story 3lodged itself into second place on the UK openings chart, grossing $33.7m (£21.2m) on debut.

Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince ($31.5m - £19.8m, 2009) and Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets ($31.5m - £18.9m, 2002) are the third- and fourth-biggest openers.

Inevitably there was almost no depth to the UK box office, with only one other title grossing over $1.1m (£700,000). In its third week Warner Bros.' comedy Due Date continued to post good numbers, making $1.9m (£1.2m) from 435 locations for a total of $12.7m (£8m).

In the space of one week Warner Bros. …

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