Harry Potter Conjures Box Office Records

$180 million possible this weekend in United States alone
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2011 9:59 AM CDT
Fans watch the climax of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" at a midnight showing at the Carmike 14 theater in Tyler, Texas, on Friday.   (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)
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(Newser) – Harry Potter is shouting "Expelliarmus " to box office records all over the world, as the last film in the Potter series hits cinemas with an unprecedented bang. Factoring in midnight screenings, Warner Bros thinks Deathly Hallows: Part 2 could pull in $80 million today for the best single-day box office ever, beating the $72 million of Twilight, reports Nikke Finke at Deadline Hollywood.

Warner also says the film could reach $180 million domestically over the weekend, blowing away the three-day weekend record held by The Dark Knight at $158 million. International sales also are on a record-breaking pace. Click to read more specifics on the numbers, or here to read a roundup of the strong reviews from last week's debut in the UK. (Read more Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 stories.)

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