The eighth and final installment of the wildly popular “Harry Potter” film series has shattered box-office records on Saturday, according to studio estimates.
Warner Brothers, the film’s distributor, said “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” raked in $92.1-million on its opening day in the U.S. and Canada, the biggest haul ever for first-day box office.
That figure far surpassed the prior first-day record of $72.7-million which was set by “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”
Warner noted that outside the U.S. and Canada, the last Potter film earned an estimated $75 million in 59 countries on Saturday.
Excluding the current film, the entire Harry Potter film series – which commenced ten years ago – has generated worldwide sales of about $6.4-billion, making it the most successful film franchise in history.
Paul Dergarabedian, head of tracking firm Hollywood.com Box Office, told Reuters: To even be close to $100 million for a single day is unprecedented.”
He added: This will be the first 'Potter' movie to earn over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office.
The film is the only one of the series to be filmed in 3D and has generally received favorable comments from critics.