‘Harry Potter’ Shatters Box Office Records

FROM MTV MOVIES: 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 best-reviewed entry in the Potter franchise 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 “Harry Potter” movie took in $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.

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