'Harry Potter' record weekend climbs to $169.2M

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 18 at 3:06 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harry Potter had an even bigger weekend than his Hollywood headmasters first projected.

Sunday revenues for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" came in higher than anticipated, giving the film a $169.2 million opening weekend domestically. That's $600,000 more than distributor Warner Bros. estimated over the weekend.

It was a record-breaker for the "Harry Potter" finale, topping the previous best domestic debut of $158.4 million for "The Dark Knight." Factoring in today's higher admission prices, "The Dark Knight" sold more tickets, though.

"Deathly Hallows: Part 2" also had a record overseas opening with $307 million in 59 countries. The film is approaching half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office after just days in release.

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