Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Breaks Box Office Records

Everyone knew it was going to be big, but since its release, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has been smashing box office records. The film made history after attaining unbelievable numbers at the US box office over the weekend.

It all began during the late hours of Thursday night, after the film earned an astronomical $43.5 million from midnight screenings alone. Taking that figure into account, the film managed to earn a staggering single day record of $92.1 million on Friday, beating the $72.7 million set by previous holder Twilight: New Moon back in November 2009. For a film to make close to $100 million in one day at the US box office is totally unheard of. From this point on, it was clear that Harry Potter would be taking the opening weekend record from The Dark Knight as well. It was just a question of how high.

The Dark Knight set a record by earning $158 million over its opening three days back in July 2008. However, Harry Potter absolutely annihilated the Caped Crusader by earning $168.5 million on its opening weekend. To put this into perspective for you, during the three weeks that Disney Pixar’s Cars 2 has been on release at the US box office, it has so far earned $165 million. What Cars 2 has taken three weeks to achieve, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has managed to do in three days.

Opening in 59 countries across the world, the film also scored the highest worldwide opening EVER, having earned a worldwide gross of $475.6 million. The film toppled the previous #1, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which opened to $394 million back in July 2009. Deathly Hallows Part 2 is now on course to become the first, and only, Harry Potter film to earn over $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

In the UK, the film opened to an estimated £23.7 million, a new opening weekend record that obliterates the £18.3 million set by the previous record holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, back in November 2010.

Warner Bros’ head of distribution, Dan Fellman stated, “These numbers are amazing, but they are only part of the story. It is impossible to quantify how thrilled and grateful we all are that both critics and audiences—especially loyal Harry Potter fans—continue to support the film. 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.

With many cinema chains showing the film around the clock on multiple screens, there were still reports of showings selling out. Did you watch the film over its opening weekend, contributing to that almighty take of over $470 million? Maybe you attended a midnight screening? What was the atmosphere like?

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