With the swift decisiveness of a magic wand, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" vanquished several box-office records over the weekend. The final and [article id="1667342"]best-reviewed entry in the Potter franchise[/article] now holds the record for biggest first day and biggest opening weekend (both domestically and across the world) and helped push the franchise past the $2 billion mark.
The eighth [article id="1667316"]"Harry Potter" movie took in[/article] $92.1 million in North America on Friday and went on to earn a weekend total of $168.5 million, according to studio estimates. The new "Potter" film's box-office gross topped those of previous record holders like "The Dark Knight" and "Spider-Man 3," although it trailed them in attendance. "Deathly Hallows Part 2" ranked sixth overall when it comes to number of tickets sold.
Over 3100 locations offered the film in 3-D (the largest 3-D rollout ever) but only 43 percent of audiences chose to see the film that way, offering another example of moviegoers' 3-D fatigue.
Disney's reboot of sorts of "Winnie the Pooh" didn't stand a chance against the boy wizard and his pals, with the latest animated take on the classic character drumming up just $8 million in its debut.
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" was a distant #2 at the box office during its third week of release, taking in $21.2 million for a $302.8 million total. Dark workplace comedy "Horrible Bosses" was #3 on the scorecard with $17.6 million for a $60 million total.
Kevin James' "Zookeeper" took in $12.3 million for a $42.3 million total, which is far behind where the comedian's "Paul Blart: Mallcop" was during a similar point in its theatrical release. "Cars 2" rounded out the top five with $8.3 million. The computer-animated flick's $165.3 million total and overall attendance record marks a 12-year low for the much celebrated Pixar Studios.
Writer/director Woody Allen has plenty to be happy about, however, as "Midnight in Paris" became his highest-grossing film over the weekend. The fantastical, well-reviewed movie has earned $41.8 million and ranks seventh among Allen's films in terms of number of tickets sold.
This weekend will mark the arrival of two heavily promoted summer movies: highly anticipated "Captain America: The First Avenger," which stars Chris Evans in the title role, and the Justin Timberlake/ Mila Kunis romantic comedy "Friends With Benefits."
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