Harry Potter makes magic at the box office!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 continues to conjure up magic at the box office. After first breaking the records for midnight ticket sales with $43.5 million and one-day ticket sales on Friday with $92.1 million, Harry Potter has done it again!
Now, Harry Potter and friends walked away from their opening weekend with more records to boast about, both domestically and around the globe. Breaking the previous record for best opening weekend held by 2008′s The Dark Knight with $158.4 million, Harry Potter raked in $169.3 million in the U.S. alone.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 also smashed a few global records with its $307 million take around the world, a new record for the biggest international weekend. Not surprisingly, Harry Potter scored huge results in the UK, with its $36.6 million haul and played well in Australia, with $26.7 million.
Harry Potter’s worldwide spell gave it one more new record with its global gross of $475.6 million, giving it the best worldwide opening weekend ever. The previous record holder? Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with $394 million.
These fantastical numbers helped take the Harry Potter series beyond the $2 billion mark, $2.177 billion to be exact. The franchise is well on its way to take the top spot as the highest-grossing franchise in history which currently belongs to Star Wars with $2.218 billion.
Not only did Harry Potter win big at the box office but the film picked up loads of new followers online as well. The Harry Potter Facebook page added over half a million new likes over the weekend while Deathly Hallows Part 2 scored 250,000-plus tweets.
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