`Deathly Hallows` rakes in USD 61 million on day one

Los Angeles: The latest silver screen outing of boy wizard Harry Potter, `The Deathly Hallows: Part One` has raked in a magical USD 61.2 million in US sales on its first day, positioning it for the best opening weekend ever for the fantasy franchise.

This means it will do even better than the franchise``s previous high, a USD 102.7 million opening weekend for ``Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire`` in 2005.

According to Entertainment Weekly, ``Deathly Hallows`` could make up to USD 156 million dollars over the whole weekend. The film focuses on the close friendship between the three main characters, particularly on the budding romance between Hermione and Ron.

`Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two` is due out in July.