Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 breaks box office records
Harry Potter’s latest outing has generated magical amounts of cash after it opened last weekend, which isn’t surprising given that this is the final film-of-the-book.
However, not only did the Deathly Hallows Part 2 beat out all the previous Potter films for opening weekend takings, it also stormed past Batman’s 2008 flick, The Dark Knight.
In the US, over the weekend the movie took some $168.5 million at the box office (beating The Dark Knight by $10 million or so). It also set a single-day box office record with $92 million flowing into Warner’s coffers on the Friday alone.
Internationally, the latest Potter zoomed to around $307 million, meaning that the estimated total take for the film globally was $476 million, with records falling all over the shop.
The UK led the international pack with a gross of $36.6 million, followed by Australia on $26.7 million and Germany on $25.7 million.
A new IMAX opening weekend was also set, with a worldwide gross of $23.5 million (two-thirds of that coming from North America).
Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros, commented: “These numbers are amazing… This is the culmination of an extraordinary decade, and a reflection of the hard work and dedication of many, many people on both sides of the camera, beginning with the brilliant J.K. Rowling, as well as producer David Heyman. We applaud them all.”
Deathly Hallows Part 2 was a success even before it opened, in fact, with colossal advance ticket sales. The midnight opening screenings scooped $43.5 million alone in the US domestic market.
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