Yep Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows destroyed the box office on friday. Anyone surprised by this? Warner Brothers made the genius move of splitting the last Harry Potter novel into two films to double their earnings at the box office and clearly their plan is going to work. The film made $61million friday night and $24million at the Thursday Midnight screenings. Needless to say this is some SERIOUSLY impressive money. To give you some feedback from our staff Chic writes the following in his Deathly Hallows review;
There is no doubt that if “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″ is your first foray into this wizardly world, you will not like it. Director David Yates and writer Steven Kloves don’t try to explain away why there are seven people disguising themselves as Harry Potter. Actually, they don’t even worry if you ask, “Who are these people and why do we care?” It’s apparent that this movie, more so than any of the others, was made specifically for fans of the movie franchise. It may even have been made with the idea that everyone in the audience has read the book. To be honest, this final book has so much build-up towards the climatic battle at Hogwarts that filling this movie with backstory would be an injustice to those that have been there from day one.
Cesar who wrote an extremely detailed review of the film ( with spoiler warnings as needed ) writes in his Harry Potter review;
Part 1 overflows with clues to the mysteries of the seven-story series, juicy revelations, as well as the move to center stage of the characters who could play key roles in the final installment. Loyal readers of Rowling’s volumes will easily recognize those elements, while those who haven’t read the books may be the luckier ones, since their curiosity can make them more alert to the twists and fine points of the story.
Like waiting in an anteroom of a museum exhibition of treasures from bygone eras, watching “Harry Potter version 7.1” is a visual presentation on what type of excitement could be in store in the main event, expected in mid-spring next year. What starts out to be a quest for the Horcruxes becomes for Harry, Ron and Hermione an eternity of dangers and discoveries, hounded to death by Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters who streak through the sky like ominous condensation trails of a jet plane, ready to descend on earth to annihilate enemies in a swirl of a swooshing tornado. Early in the story, Harry is declared as state Undesirable No. 1 by a consolidating regime that has deployed eyes and ears everywhere.
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