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Jul162011

Harry Potter finale grosses $92.1 million in its first day - a new record

It seems like Harry Potter's fortunes just keep multiplying. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 brought in an estimated $92.1 million dollars on its opening day of 7/15/2011, according to Box Office Mojo. We'll learn the complete number on Sunday, but the sequel is easily the most successful opening (monetarily) in U.S. box office history, beating The Twilight Saga: New Moon $72.7 million opening in 2009 and The Dark Knight $67.2 million opening in 2008. 

The film fared much better than earlier Harry Potter films as well. Part 1 of the Deathly Hallows brought in $61.7 million late last year and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince brought in $58.2 million on its opening day in 2009. 

The big question will be how strongly and how long Mr. Potter can keep up the momentum. The Twilight movies all open strong, but quickly fade out. It's too early to tell if Deathly Hallows Part 2 will weaken or strengthen its standing, but the flick has a good chance at securing the record for the biggest opening weekend of all time as well. That record still belongs to The Dark Knight with $158.4 million in ticket receipts. Of course, if you look at best worldwide opening weekends, the list has more of a Hogwarts smell to it. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is currently the worldwide leader for an opening weekend with $394 million. Order of the Phoenix is #6, Deathly Hallows Part 1 is #7, and the Prisoner of Azkaban is #20. 

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