Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are going out on top. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, has shattered box office records, debuting with a $168.6 million North American gross and $476 million globally.
“It’s become a cultural event,” said Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution for Warner Bros.
The movie should provide a major boost for the flagging film industry, which hasn’t had a blockbuster of this proportion since the 2008 Batman movie, “The Dark Knight.”
It grossed $158.4 million over the initial three days opening weekend.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth sequel in a series released previously held the record for overseas gross at $260 million.
In contrast, “Harry Potter” pulled in $307 million in 59 countries. It’s playing in 59 countries.
“Harry Potter,” already holds the record for highest-grossing film franchise. The eight movies grossed more than $6.4 billion in global ticket sales,
All in, global ticket receipts could “easily” reach the rare $1 billion mark, said Fellman.
The eighth film 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, according to Reuters.
It was the first “Potter” film also released in 3D.
The movie averaged $38,526 on more than 4,300 screens, according to Warner Bros, a unit of Time Warner Inc.
The movie is about the final showdown between Harry and the evil Voldemort.
The Horcruxes are the secret to Voldemort’s power and immortality and the trio seek them out in an effort to prevent Voldemort from destroying the wizarding world and turning it into the land of darkness.