Harry Potter Zaps Box Office Record, Nabs $168.6M

Deathly Hallows Part 2 collects $475.6M globally in massive opening weekend

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 17, 2011 1:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – Harry Potter went out with a true bang: The final installment in the wizarding saga, the Deathly Hallows Part 2, notched almost half a billion dollars internationally, with an opening weekend take of $475.6 million. That shattered the previous record, Harry Potter and the Half -Blood Prince, which the Hollywood Reporter notes pulled in a not-so-paltry $394 million. On the domestic front, Deathly Hallows Part 2 pushed The Dark Knight out of the way by more than $10 million, with $168.6 million .

Ralph Fiennes portrays Lord Voldemort in a scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Ralph Fiennes portrays Lord Voldemort in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in a scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jaap Buitendijk)
Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Alan Rickman portrays Professor Severus Snape in a scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Alan Rickman portrays Professor Severus Snape in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)
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