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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II earns $165 million

HollywoodNews.com: The Harry Potter series finished where it started, at the top of the box office with a record breaking opening weekend. Nine-and-a-half years ago, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone opened the series with a $90.2 million, breaking the 4.5 year old opening weekend record set by The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($72 million). Over the next 9.5 years, said record was broken four more times, with the last such toppling this very weekend three years ago with The Dark Knight’s $158 million Fri-Sun take. With nearly ten years of anticipation, The Boy Who Lived has returned to the top of the opening weekend charts with a massive $168.6 million Friday-Sunday gross. That includes a record $92.1 Friday (best single day, best opening day, best Friday) which in turn included a record $43.5 million at 12:01am alone. As expected, the picture was massively front-loaded, ending the weekend with the second-smallest weekend multiplier on record, 1.83x (for newbies, weekend multiplier is the final weekend total divided by the first day). It also set another ‘negative’ record, earning 25.8% of its weekend total in those Thursday at 12:01am showings alone (the previous such record was set by the last Harry Potter film, which grossed 19% of its $125 million Fri-Sun haul at midnight).

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