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'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Breaks Australian Box Office Record

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Warner Bros.

The final film in the 'Harry Potter' franchise has the biggest opening day ever Down Under.

SYDNEY -- The box office figures from the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise have started rolling in and they won’t disappoint Warner Bros.

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 smashed opening day figures for the Australian box office, distributor Roadshow Films said on Friday.

Opening at 12.01 am local time on Wednesday, July 13, the film took AUS$7.02 million ($7.44 million) in 24 hours, eclipsing previous record holder, Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King by nearly $1.8 million. Australia was one of the first markets in the world in which the film opened.

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”We’re thrilled to see this powerful response from such a broad range of moviegoers. These incredible results are a testament to the incredible achievement of the filmmakers, cast, and, of course, J.K. Rowling, and should ensure the film series’ place in history for years to come,” Joel Pearlman, Roadshow Films managing director said, indicating that the result should help cement the Harry Potter series as the top-grossing film franchise of all time, a milestone it reached with the combined success of the first five films.

Certainly the result was not unexpected. The film is opening here in the lucrative school holiday period and on 753 screens was the widest opening for any film ever in Australia.