Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Alpha Condé reacts to Dadis Camara's bid to return home

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'We need an American in every train compartment'

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

When China Sneezes: World markets rattled by bubble burst (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Desperate to get to Europe: How to handle migrant surge? (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Behind the scenes of France's National Assembly

Read more

#TECH 24

Saving water, one shower at a time

Read more

FOCUS

Katrina, ten years on: Young survivors still grapple with trauma

Read more

ENCORE!

Has New Orleans got its groove back?

Read more

REPORTERS

Meet the French troops hunting jihadists in Sahel

Read more

Americas

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

  • INDONESIA

    Harry Potter fans curse Indonesian boycott

    Read more

  • CINEMA

    Fans brave London weather for last Harry Potter premiere

    Read more

COMMENT(S)