22 Nov – "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 1" made its high-flying debut over the weekend just gone in most parts of the world including North America, Malaysia and Singapore.
The first half of the final chapter managed to score the biggest-grossing of the series, surpassing "Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince" in Malaysia and Singapore, and "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire" in the States.
Earning an estimated US$125.1 million Stateside, "Deathly Hallows" was stated to be the all-time sixth highest-grossing opening weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" continues to hold the November record with US$142.8 million, while other pictures ahead of "Deathly Hallows" on the overall chart are "The Dark Knight" (US$158.4 million), "Spider-Man 3" (US$151.1 million), "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (US$135.6 million) and "Iron Man 2" (US$128.1 million).
Meanwhile in Malaysia, first-time film producer Datuk Dr Che Rozmey Che Din's hopes of achieving a record breaking RM40 million at the box office with "2 Alam" seems bleak as it raked in less than RM100,000 on opening day last Friday, according to the New Straits Times.
In relation to the film's box office response, Mr Lee Kong Yew, cinema manager of GSC Mid Valley disclosed that "ticket sales for '2 Alam' have not been good" at the location and was even reported to be playing at almost empty halls for the first two slots on opening day.
The film about a transvestite who commits suicide will hit Singapore screens in January 2011 under distributor Golden Village Pictures.
Apart from that, today, Monday, marks the 54th day that Rajnikanth's sci-fi blockbuster "Endhiran" is still playing in Malaysia and there have been unconfirmed reports that it has finally topped "Sivaji "and crossed the RM9 million mark.
Other lesser releases that opened in Malaysia are "Guzaarish" and "Nagaram Marupakkam", while Singapore includes "Guzaarish", "Spring Fever" and "Kung Fu Wing Chun".