It’s unlikely that anyone was surprised at the massive outpouring of theatergoers for last night’s midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” and as it turns out ticket sales were huge.
The latest “Harry Potter” flick has proven to be the biggest seller so far, with a total of $24 million in sales at the 3,003 locations.
In terms of IMAX tickets sold, Daniel Radcliffe & Co. bested “Eclipse” for the biggest totals, scoring $1.4 million.
Still, “Harry Potter” wasn’t able to top the enormous record set by “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” at just over $30 million.
With her new movie taking over theaters around the globe, Emma Watson opened up about the challenges of juggling collegiate life with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” filming.
Shooting the two part finale all at once, the filming process stretched over a year and a half time frame, with the Hermione Granger actress telling MTV, “Sometimes, I just felt schizophrenic.”
Continuing on, the 20-year-old – who was also taking classes at Brown University – said, “I would be filming in my breaks, and I would come back into this college life and try and get my head into that. Sometimes it was really hard.”
Of the longevity of the “Deathly Hallows” project, Watson said, “It was exhausting in the sense we were doing back-to-back. It was exhausting in the sense it was the most demanding emotionally, physically, just in every way. It was very intense, and I was hanging in rags when we finished shooting. But it’s the best so far, so it was worth it.”
Surprisingly enough, Emma told that her schoolwork actually was helpful in dealing with the Harry Potter workload, as she dished, “Generally, I find it really stabilizing that I have – whatever is going on with ‘Potter,’ whether I’m filming or whatever – I always have this constant thing in my life, which is my education. I find it very grounding.”
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