Australian Box Office: Do you believe in magic?

Cue the puns about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One. For the period November 18-21 Potter and his friends created box office magic. Though we predicted it last week, it wouldn’t take a boy wizard to foresee this record breaking opening weekend.

While taking in more than $330 million globally, Part One of the final instalment in the franchise took in $15 million at the Australian box office. On the list of all-time best debuts in Australia, it comes second behind The Twilight Saga’s New Moon, which grossed $16.1 million on its opening weekend.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [610 screens / $25,071]
WKND = $15,293,557 / TOTAL = $15,293,557

2. Jackass 3D [167 screens / $$5,786]
WKND = $966,202 / TOTAL = $8,229,545

3. The Social Network [260 screens / $$3,193]
WKND = $830, 179 / TOTAL = $9,478,314

4. RED [229 screens / $3,066]
WKND = $702,140 / TOTAL = $6,652,576

5. Skyline [183 screens / $2,446]
WKND = $447,544 / TOTAL = $2,083,424

6. Life As We Know It [184 screens / $1,843]
WKND = $339,071 / TOTAL = $6,873,193

7. Wild Target [215 screens / $1,564]
WKND = $336,318 / TOTAL = $1,160,536

8. The American [57 screens / $$4,240]
WKND = $241,691 / TOTAL = $742,364

9. Paranormal Activity 2 [118 screens / $1,307]
WKND = $154,265 / TOTAL = $6,784,715

10. The Town [93 screens / $1,639]
WKND = $152,386 / TOTAL = $7,294,109

Jackass 3D and The Social Network continue to be popular taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Essentially the top 10 remains the same as last week but thanks to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, Eat Pray Love has slipped from the top 10 – albeit down to number 11. But it’s still an improvement – well done Australia!

New film Agora slides into number 17 with a respectable $53,222, considering it’s only playing on 9 screens, and one of the year’s best independent films Winter’s Bone stays strong at number 16 with $69,339 on 12 screens.

Interestingly, Bollywood film Guzaarish came in at number 15 with an impressive $81,411 on 15 screens, helping to provide great diversity in the top 20 box office.

To see the top 20 films at the Australian box office, head on over to Urban Cinefile.

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