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Harry Potter makes a record breaking first day collection

Keywords: Harry Potter  
Mon Jul 18 03:11:24 UTC 2011

Harry Potter selling $476 million in tickets around the world over the weekend, breaking major box office records and leaving Hollywood executives shocked.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the first film in the series to be released in premium-priced 3-D, sold $168.6 million in tickets in North America alone ? the biggest opening weekend in history, not adjusting for inflation. "The Dark Knight" previously held that record with $158.4 million, according to Hollywood.com, which compiles ticketing data.

"Deathly Hallows: Part 2" also set a new high-water mark for the biggest one-day box office haul; this well-reviewed movie took in over $92 million on Friday in North America, including $43.5 million at midnight screenings, surpassing the $72.7 million generated by "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" in 2009. Imax theaters also broke sales records.

The eight films in the series, with closely to the storylines laid out in J. K. Rowling?s books, have now sold about $7 billion in tickets at the worldwide box office. The series ranks either as the No. 1 movie franchise in history or second behind James Bond.
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