HAWTHORNE, N.Y. -- It's as if Harry Potter cast a spell over the box office, making the opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the top grossing opening of all time. The film took in a whopping $168.8 million in the first weekend, with moviegoers like the Payne family of Elmsford doing their part to contribute.
The crowds started with the midnight showing at the Saw Mill Multiplex Cinema, in Hawthorne. Ten theaters in the multiplex showed the movie with starting times from midnight to 12:45 a.m. on Friday. Each theater had 200 seats and by midnight nine theaters were sold out, said cinema manager Mavis Blue.
The carpeted lobby of the multiplex was abuzz with people, mostly teenagers, eager to see the boy wizard on the screen one more time. A few even wore capes and painted their foreheads with the Harry Potter's scar.
But not everybody wanted to be so late at a cinema. Reed and Cristina Payne, their son and two daughters, for example, decided to wait until Friday afternoon to watch the movie.
"Some of us like to sleep at night," Reed Payne said. "And we thought it would be too crowded."
They looked all happy leaving the theater, even under the scorching sun they found outside.
"I like the scene with several snakes," said Marina Payne, 18.
Her sister Sierra, 9, couldn't tell her favorite scene, even after a thinking pause.
"She is shy," said her mother.
Maybe she just wanted to get out of the heat.
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