Don't worry, we're not going to start breaking out wizarding puns to talk about how well Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 did at the box office. Let's just get straight to the record-breaking numbers, because frankly, they're pretty darn impressive.
Midnight Opening: $43.5 million
Opening Day Total: $92.1 million
Opening Weekend Total: $168.55 million
And those are just the domestic numbers. If you tally in the take from around the world, that brings the pot to a staggering $475,550,000 in less than five days (it opened in some overseas territories two days earlier than it did here in the States). So, exactly what records did David Yates' final Harry Potter film dethrone?
Well, for starters, it now holds the record for Highest Grossing Opening Weekend, beating previous title holder The Dark Knight by over $10 million. It also clobbered The Twilight Saga: New Moon's Highest Grossing Opening Day record by a cool $20 million. It was the widest 3D release of all time, opening on some 3,100 3D-equipped screens across the country, though, because 57% of the audience still opted to see the film in 2D, it was unable to dethrone Alice in Wonderland as the biggest 3D opening ever.
And those are just the opening weekend records. It's fully expected at this point that Potter 7.2 will end up taking the Highest Grossing Film of 2011 title from current holder Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and it's highly unlikely that anything later this year will in turn topple it (though Summit is no doubt hoping The Twighlit Saga: Breaking Dawn will). So, as if there were any doubt, you can rest assured that even though the Harry Potter film franchise is now at the close, this is hardly the last you'll be hearing about it.