International numbers weren’t immediately available, but once they come in, Deathly Hallows 2 should also be able to claim the top launch of all time at the worldwide box office.

 

The previous record domestically belonged to Warners’ The Dark Knight, which opened to $158.4 million.

 

Deathly Hallows 2 was a box office giant out of the gate, earning $92.1 million on Friday alone, including a record $43.6 million in midnight shows. The pic grossed another $42.8 million on Saturday, falling only 53%.

 

Other records set by Deathly Hallows 2 domestically: Largest opening day ever, and the largest opening for the franchise. Previous best was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 ($125 million).

 

Sentiment was running high as Potter fans rushed to see the final title in the franchise. They weren’t disappointed, and gave the film a stellar A CinemaScore. Females made up the majority of the audience at 54%, while 55% of those buying tickets were over the age of 25.

 

Deathly Hallows 2 is the first title in the franchise to be released in 3D. While 3D upped the film’s earning potential, only 43% of the opening gross came from 3D theaters, another reminder that moviegoers in North America are opting to see films in 2D and avoid the extra upcharge.

 

That didn’t hurt IMAX, though, which played Deathly Hallows 2 in 274 theaters. IMAX theaters supplied $15.5 million in revenues, a record for the large-format exhibitor.

 

Deathly Hallows 2’s overall box office glow fueled a great weekend overall, with revenues up as much as 37% over the same weekend last year.
Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon became the first film this year to jump the $300 million mark, grossing $21.2 million over the weekend for a cume of $302.8 million.

 

Disney’s new kids entry Winnie the Pooh met expectations in its debut, grossing $8 million in its debut. However, the film only placed No. 6 for the weekend, coming in behind fellow Disney/Pixar pic Cars 2, which grossed $8.3 million for a domestic cume of $165.3 million.

 

Sony Pictures Classics’ Midnight in Paris is now Woody Allen’s top domestic earner of all time, grossing $1.9 million for the weekend from 706 theaters for a cume of $41.8 million, surpassing the $40.1 million grossed by Hannah and Her Sisters.

 

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