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Final Harry Potter records highest single day gross of all time in US

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Story by Jack Foley

HARRY Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 is working its magic at the box office where it is on course to shatter all kinds of records during opening weekend.

The film has already set one record for advance ticket sales, but has now scored the biggest single day gross in US cinema history by earning a massive $92.1 million on its opening Friday (July 18, 2011).

That easily surpassed the $72.7 million set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon on its first day.

Friday’s Deathly Hallows 2< total was also comprised of a record-breaking $43.5 million from midnight grosses.

While internationally, including the UK, Deathly Hallows 2 had made $82.5 million from Wednesday and Thursday performances alone, without Friday numbers being available.

That means the film is on track to record the biggest world-wide opening of all time, beating the $394 million earned by Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince when it debuted.

Back in the US, meanwhile, it’s also expected to eclipse the record-breaking $158.4 million grossed by Warners’ own The Dark Knight.

As a franchise, Harry Potter is already the most successful in cinema history, with the first seven films grossing $6.4 billion. With the final film’s grosses factored in, it looks as though it may be impossible to catch.

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