‘Harry Potter’ sets several records, biggest international opening weekend of all time

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As a Warner Bros exec tells me, “Unbelievable!” about all the records being set. “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2” flew to $92.1M in the U.S. and Canada Friday (including that record-setting $43.5M from midnight showings) and $44.2M Saturday and an estimated $33.6M Sunday helped by higher 3D ticket prices. Friday crushed the record for best single-day box office, best Friday box office.

However, HP’s franchise finale definitely shatterered the biggest 3-day weekend ever with $168.5M to beat the other gold standard 2D-only Dark Knight’s $158.4M. And the good news just kept coming. Part 2 scored an overall CinemaScore of ‘A’. Overseas, the franchise finale grossed $307M with 34M admissions from over 20K screens in 59 countries. That’s the biggest international opening weekend of all time ahead of $260.4M’s Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 which is a 3D-to-3D comparison.

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