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Harry Potter smashes US box office records

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-07-17

The final instalment of the Harry Potter films smashed all box office records by selling over $168 million in tickets over the weekend, the best ever three-day opening in North America, distributor Warner Bros. said Sunday.

 
REUTERS - The final "Harry Potter" film shattered box office records with $168.6 million in ticket sales over its debut weekend, the best three-day opening ever in the United States and Canada, distributor Warner Bros. said on Sunday.
 
The staggering sum for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," beat the previous record of $158.4 million over the initial three days for the 2008 Batman movie, "The Dark Knight."
 
The eighth film in the series about a teenage wizard and his friends battling against evil also set records for the largest opening-day domestic sales total, largest midnight screenings and largest opening on giant IMAX screens.
 
The movie took in an average $38,526 on more than 4,300 screens, according to Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc. It was the first "Potter" film also released in 3D.
 
"Harry Potter," already the highest-grossing film franchise ever with over $6.4 billion in global ticket sales, is based on the novels of British author J.K. Rowling.
 
The massive numbers for "Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" showed the story still enchants audiences a decade after Harry's first film adventure was released. "It's become a cultural event," said Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution for Warner Bros.

 

Date created : 2011-07-17

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