'Harry Potter' rings up record $168m. box office

July 17, 2011 19:11

LOS ANGELES - The final "Harry Potter" film shattered box office records with $168.6 million in ticket sales over its debut weekend, the best three-day opening ever in the United States and Canada, distributor Warner Bros. said on Sunday.

The staggering sum for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," beat the previous record of $158.4 million over the initial three days for the 2008 Batman movie, "The Dark Knight."The eighth film in the series about a teenage wizard and his friends battling against evil also set records for the largest opening-day domestic sales total, largest midnight screenings and largest opening on giant IMAX screens.

The movie took in an average $38,526 on more than 4,300 screens, according to Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc. It was the first "Potter" film also released in 3D.

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