Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 cast a spell on the Hollywood box office this weekend with a Friday opening day take of $92.1 million, the largest domestic opening total of all time.
Putting the new record in perspective, the former number one movie on opening day was The Twilight Saga: New Moon which brought in $72.2 million during opening day two years ago.
The final Harry Potter movie also brought in $75 million in international grosses in 57 countries on Friday, bringing the movies total take since premiering overseas on Wednesday to $157.5 million for a worldwide total in the ballpark of $250 million.
The movie particularly and not surprisingly played well in Great Britain where it took in $14.8 million, the biggest single day take in the country’s history.
The movie took in more during it’s opening day than four of the last six Potter films took in during their entire opening weekends.
When all is said and done the movie may take the top opening weekend box office which is currently held by The Dark Knight which earned $158.4 million.
The Deathly Hallows Part 2 owes part of it’s massive success to the number of 3D screens where the movie was shown since 3D movies require a higher admission price and therefore increase overall gross sales numbers.