July 17, 2011 in Nation/World

Final ‘Harry Potter’ film sets records

Amy Kaufman Los Angeles Times
 

LOS ANGELES – The final “Harry Potter” film is continuing to cast a spell over audiences.

After Friday breaking the record for the most tickets sold during midnight screenings, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” went on to pass another milestone at the box office, grossing $92.1 million on its first full day in theaters, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros.

That’s more than any film has grossed in one day at the box office, flying past the previous record held by “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which earned $72.7 million in its debut on a Friday in 2009.

At this pace, it seems very likely that “Deathly Hallows – Part 2” will go on to break another record today, beating the $158.4-million high mark for a three-day domestic opening, currently held by 2008’s “The Dark Knight.”

The eighth “Harry Potter” film is also playing fantastically overseas, on Friday grossing $75 million in 59 foreign markets, bringing its international total to $157.5 million since it opened Wednesday in some overseas markets. That means that the film’s receipts are now 45 percent higher than after three days in the same countries in which “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” played.


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