There is no stopping the boy wonder. In addition to opening to largely positive reviews, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has set a new all-time record for the highest-grossing opening weekend: $168.5 million. The record was previously held by the The Dark Knight at $158.4 million.
Harry Potter's magic powers easily defeated last week's number one, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which came in second with a meager $21 million. Horrible Bosses, a comedy starring Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, rounded out the top three with $17.6 million.
The only other new movie to crack the top ten this week was the re-animated classic Winnie the Pooh, which came in at number six with $8 million. The Pooh did not stand a chance against Potter's across-the-board appeal.
Box Office totals (weekend; cumulative; rank last week)
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, $168.5m; $168.5m; New
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, $21m; $302.8m; 1
3. Horrible Bosses, $17.6m; $60m; 2
4. Zookeeper, $12.3m; $42.3m; 3
5. Cars 2, $8.3m; $165.3m; 4
6. Winnie the Pooh, $8m; $8m; New
7. Bad Teacher, $5.2m; $88.5m; 5
8. Larry Crowne, $2.6m; $31m; 6
9. Super 8, $1.9m; $122.2m; 7
10. Midnight in Paris, $1.9m; $41.8m; 11


  • Sydney Ramsden
    Sydney Ramsden on

    I wonder if they still would have broken the record without the 3D ticket sale boost?

  • Victoria
    Victoria on

    yeah, 3D tickets cost more. i feel like they should account for that price difference.

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