Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 conjured up a record $168.6 million in North America its first three days, surpassing the previous opening weekend record of $158.4 million set by The Dark Knight in 2008. The final "Harry Potter" movie opened in 4,375 theaters and averaged $38,526 per location. The film also claimed the biggest midnight debut ever with $43.5 million, the biggest opening day ever on Friday with $92.1 million (including those midnight grosses), and the best IMAX debut ever with $15.5 million for the weekend. The studio said that 43% of the opening gross came from 3D theaters.
The movie opened to a worldwide record of $476 million. You can read the full details on the international debut here.
Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon dropped a spot to second with $21.3 million domestically its third weekend. The Michael Bay film is the first to pass the $300 million mark at the North American box office this year having earned $302.8 million so far. The movie cost about $195 million to make, not counting marking costs.
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