Harry Potter smashes US box office record

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The first part of an epic 2010/2011 fantasy film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" follows the wizard on his mission to find and destroy Lord Voldemort's secret to immortality. Daniel Radcliffe returns as Harry Potter, and Rupert Grint and Emma Watson also reprise their roles as the wizard's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively. Aside from the main trio, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman also play central roles in the 2010 film adaptation of J. K. Rowling's "The Deathly Hallows".
July 18th, 2011

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' has smashed the US box office record for the highest-grossing opening weekend, taking $168.6 million.

The eighth movie in the wizard franchise - starring Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint - banked the incredible figure in just three days in the US and Canada, surpassing the previous record of $158.4 million set by Batman movie 'The Dark Knight' in 2008.

According to an estimate by film distributor Warner Bros, the movie also made the biggest-ever international debut, grossing $307 million in 59 different countries, making the total figure a staggering $475.6 million.

Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros, thinks the final 'Harry Potter' instalment has the potential to smash through the $1 billion barrier.

He said: "We had the most successful franchise in the history of the motion picture business, and we had a huge fan base. We also got fantastic reviews.

"That all enables us to expand our footprint. We are going to be around for a long time."

Outside of the US the movie performed best in the UK - where 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling hails from - taking a record $36.6 million.