The opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 shattered just about every record it possibly could at the box office this weekend. It crushed the midnight record topping Twilight: Eclipse, it had no problem at all taking the first day record from Twilight: New Moon, had the highest grossing Friday ever, and sailed past The Dark Knight for the most coveted domestic record – largest opening weekend in history.
Tallies amounted to $43.5 million for midnight showings, $92.1 million total on Friday (counting the midnight take), and $168.5 million for the weekend.
It also captured the title of highest grossing weekend ever internationally where it collected $307 million from 59 different territories. That puts the total after just three days of release worldwide at a stunning $476 million.
As if that’s not enough it broke the IMAX opening weekend record with a worldwide gross of $23.5 million. Domestically it set an IMAX record with $15.5 million.
As the final film in the franchise audiences had more reason than ever to rush to the theaters to see it immediately. Fantastic reviews and a generally satisfying seven prior films made it a no-brainer for those who have invested in the series over the ten years since it first debuted on the big screen and the 14 years since the novels began.