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Harry Potter casts his final spell over the US box office

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Harry Potter went out with a bang this weekend – the boy wizard’s last ever movie outing smashed box office records as the film rolled out worldwide.

Stateside, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 earned a staggering $168m in its first weekend.

With that much cash being thrown at it, the final Harry Potter film even managed to top The Dark Knight ’s opening weekend record of $158m, creating a new record for the highest ever US opening weekend. Yes, ever.

Internationally, Deathly Hallows Part 2 took a further $75m, meaning its total global earnings are actually a Gringotts-busting $250m.

“What an incredible beginning for the movie that ends it all,” says Warner domestic distribution president Dan Fellman.

“Everyone at Warner Bros joins me in congratulating the many people behind the Harry Potter films. We know this is just the start of what promises to be an astounding weekend and a magical summer.”

This is how the rest of the US box office looked…

1 Harry Potter DH Pt 2 $168,550,000 $168.5
2 Transformers 3 $21,250,000 $302.8
3 Horrible Bosses $17,630,000 $$60
4 Zookeeper $12,300,000 $32.3
5 Cars 2 $8,344,000 $165.3
6 Winnie The Pooh $8,000,000 $8
7 Bad Teacher $5,200,000 $88.5
8 Larry Crowne $2,572,000 $31.6
9 Super 8 $1,925,000 $122,2
10 Midnight In Paris $1,891,000 $41.8

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