Box Office Report: ‘Harry Potter’ Nabs a Record-Breaking $476 Mil in Worldwide Debut

9:42 AM PST 07/17/2011 by Pamela McClintock
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was the previous crown holder at $394 million; Deathly Hallows Part 2 earns a staggering $307 million at the international box office, and $168.6 million domestically.

Talk about some major magic.

Warner Bros.’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 grossed a massive $476 million in its worldwide debut, by far the best showing of all time.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was the previous crown holder at $394 million.

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Deathly Hallows 2’s opening overseas clocked in at $307 million, while it earned $168.8 million in North America.

Earlier this summer, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides scored the biggest debut of all time at the international box office when opening to $262 million. Deathly Hallows safely beat that number as it rolled out in 59 countries.

Domestically, Deathly Hallows raced past the $158.4 million opening of The Dark  Knight to score the top three-day weekend debut of all time.

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“The phenomenal result is a true testament to the universal and timeless appeal of J.K. Rowling's beloved books. Whether in German, Russian, Spanish, Japanese or any other language, fans everywhere have embraded the finale," Warner Bros. president of international distribution Veronika Kwan-Rubinek said.

"We thank the filmmakers, cast and crew for this amazing film, as well as our teams and partners in exhibition for bringing this epic story to its conclusion on big screens all over the world," she continued.

 

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