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‘Harry Potter’ rings up record $168 million

The final “Harry Potter” film shattered box office records with $168.6 million in ticket sales over its debut weekend.

The final “Harry Potter” film shattered box office records with $168.6 million in ticket sales over its debut weekend, the best three-day opening ever in the United States and Canada, distributor Warner Bros. said yesterday.



The staggering sum for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” beat the previous record of $158.4 million over the initial three days for the 2008 Batman movie, “The Dark Knight.”



The eighth film in the series 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.



The movie took in an average $38,526 on more than 4,300 screens, according to Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc. It was the first “Potter” film also released in 3-D. reuters

 
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