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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 opens to record breaking $169.2M domestic / $312.3M foreign for $481.5M worldwide

Update: Article updated with final box office data

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final installment in the worldwide blockbuster franchise, opened to a record breaking $169.189M from 4,375 theaters ($38,672 per theater average) in its opening weekend (“The Dark Knight” held the previous record with $158.411M) and a record-breaking $481.489M worldwide. On the way to its record-breaking domestic bow, the film broke several other records including biggest midnight launch ($43.5M) and biggest opening day/single day ($91.071M).

Debuting in 3D for the first time in the franchise, 3D for ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2′ accounted for approximately 43% of the gross (from a record 3,100+ locations including 274 Imax). Imax grosses reached a record $15.5M (beating “Alice in Wonderland’s” $12.2M). Total 3D accounted for an estimated $72.8M, second all-time to “Alice in Wonderland’s” $81.3M 3D opening weekend gross.

‘Deathly Hallows Part 2′ dropped 53% on Saturday to $42.414M and a further 16% on Sunday to $35.704M. The huge Friday to Saturday drop is a result of film’s enormous opening day which clipped the previous record holder “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” by nearly $20M ($72.704M). The previous single day high for a ‘Harry Potter’ movie was last November’s ‘Deathly Hallows Part 1′ which opened to $61.685M (which also held the previous opening weekend high for the franchise at $125.017M from 4,125 theaters–$30,307 per theater average).

And as a sign of how important this final film in the franchise has become to its fanbase, The opening day gross for ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2′ was larger than the entire 3-day opening weekends of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ ($90.295M), ‘Half-Blood Prince’ ($77.836MM), ‘Order of the Phoenix’ ($77.108M) and ‘Chamber of Secrets’ ($88.357M) and nearly ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ as well ($93.688M).

Overseas analysis and top five highlights after the jump.

‘Deathly Hallows Part 2′ broke records overseas as well, taking in $312.3M. That was 20% ahead of previous record holder “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” ($260.4M) and helped the film to a worldwide record opening debut of an incredible $481.489 million (previous best was $394.0M for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”). On top of that, the film will clear $500M worldwide sometime tomorrow — its sixth day — which would be a record-setting pace.

The only other wide releasing new release this weekend was Disney’s Winnie the Pooh which opened in sixth place with $7.857M from 2,405 theaters.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon fell to second place with $21.329M (-55%) for its third weekend. Sunday grosses lifted the film past $300M domestic to $302.879M. Foreign grosses have already reached a franchise-best $459.44M (previous series-best was ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ with $434.185M). With key markets of China and Japan yet to open, ‘Dark of the Moon’ stands at $762.319M worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was Horrible Bosses in third place with $17.777M ($60.150M cume), Zookeeper in fourth with $12.331M ($42.383M) and Cars 2 in fifth place with $8.408M ($165.390M cume).

Source: Box Office Mojo

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