Any doubt which movie will hit the box office this coming weekend and be the toast of the town come next Monday?
Before you gorge yourself on Thanksgiving turkey and leftovers, get ready to be stuffed with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I."
It will be everywhere you turn this week as the seventh "Potter" movie -- and penultimate flick in the franchise -- hits theaters Friday. (Find showtimes and tickets here.)
The question is whether "Deathly Hallows" will reach nine digits at the box office on opening weekend. Only "Goblet of Fire" managed to do that here in the States.
You can also wonder if as the franchise's stars -- Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint -- grow older, they'll still pull in the key demographic that made them so famous and wealthy. The kids, that is (and their parents who pay for the tickets, of course). None of the previous six "Harry Potter" movies have reached $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts.
Ticket prices may be higher now than even last summer, but remember there's no 3-D with "Deathly Hallows," so there's no "Avatar Effect," meaning no extra $3 or so for 3-D tickets that jack up the overall box office numbers.
Take a look at how the previous six films have done.
|Movie||Release||Opening Weekend U.S.||U.S. gross||Total gross|
|"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"||Nov. 14, 2001||$90,294,621||$317,575,550||$974,733,550|
|"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"||Nov. 15, 2002||$88,357,488||$261,988,482||$878,643,482|
|"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"||May 31, 2004||$93,687,367||$249,541,069||$795,634,069|
|"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"||Nov. 18, 2005||$102,685,961||$290,013,036||$895,921,036|
|"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"||July 11, 2007||$77,108,414||$292,004,738||$938,212,738|
|"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"||July 15, 2009||$77,835,727||$301,959,197||$933,959,197|
How do the "Harry Potter" films stack up against the rest of the moviemaking world? Find out with these links below.