22 November 2010 at 07:40 GMT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has earned an estimated $125.1 million during opening weekend in the United States. The film played on 9,400 screens at 4,125 locations.
This makes Deathly Hallows: Part 1 the highest earning first weekend ‘Potter’ film in front of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which earned $102.7 million on opening weekend back in 2005.
The Harry Potter franchise has earned $1.84 billion thus far and is estimated to overtake Star Wars as the highest grossing franchise ever within ten days.
The first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, released in 2001, is still the highest grossing with $974.7 million worldwide gross. In contrast, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, released in 2004, was the lowest grossing film.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be released in cinemas in July.