Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 scored the largest debut in Hollywood history, pushing the previous record holder The Dark Knight Returns off the No. 1 spot.
The latest Harry Potter flick opened this weekend pulling in $168.6 million Friday-Sunday gross, estimates showed today. This is a solid lead over Dark Knight's previously held record of $158.4 million.
Globally, Harry Potter raked in $476 million in tickets sales over the weekend.
It also set the record for the biggest single-day ticket sales, raking in $92 million on Friday in North America, surpassing the $72.7 million generated by The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009.
We had the most successful franchise in the history of the motion picture business and we had a huge fan base. We also got fantastic reviews, said
Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros.That all enables us to expand our footprint. We are going to be around for a long time.
There is one recourse for Dark Knight Fans, however.
Those attending the Harry Potter movie were treated to a highly anticipated trailer of the upcoming Dark Knight, slated for release next summer. A number of viewers recorded it with phones and other devices, which ended up making for hot bootleg material online.
With Harry Potter done, Warner Brothers will need to lean on the Batman series and other comic-book based movies to keep momentum going.