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Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 sets four UK records so far

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Story by Jack Foley

HARRY Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has broken box office records in the UK by making £23m in its opening weekend.

The figure sets new records for the UK’s biggest three-day weekend, the biggest Friday result, the biggest Saturday result and biggest single day figures, according to Screen Daily.

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 set five UK records last year, four of which have now been broken by Part 2.

Part 1 does, however, still hold the record for the biggest Sunday result in the UK and Ireland.

Warner Bros is obviously delighted with the film’s performance in every country it opened in, having posted global box office receipts of $475.6m (£295.6m) worldwide since its release on Wednesday last week.

“Harry Potter is truly a cultural phenomenon the world over,” said Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, Warner’s president of distribution. “International audiences have embraced the Harry Potter films over the years, with the powerful finale punctuating just how special the property is.”

Deathly Hallows Part 2 is also the biggest opener of 2011 so far, sailing past previous best performer Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides which made £11.6m in its first weekend in May.

The final Harry Potter movie has also broken global box office records for films shown in the large-scale IMAX format, with the UK among a number of countries to post a new benchmark.

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 made £684,000 from the 15 IMAX screens on which it screened, almost a fifth of which was generated by the BFI IMAX in London which saw ticket sales of £118,000 between Friday and Sunday.

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