Deathly Hallows slays rivals

The first instalment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows made $125m in its opening weekend in the US and Canada, according to studio estimates, making it the sixth most successful opening of the year. The seventh Potter film comfortably beat the previous best weekend debut for the franchise, which was set at $102.7m by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in November 2005. Warner Bros, which made the film, had expected the film to reach the $100m sales barrier.