July 18, 2011 01:38:32 GMT
The final 'Harry Potter' film debuts on number one with $168.6 million, breaking the record which was previously held by 'The Dark Knight'.
A bunch of people eager to bid farewell to Harry and friends have helped "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" break records. The movie debuts at North American Box Office on number one with the biggest opening weekend ever, collecting a staggering $168.6 million. It surpasses previous record holder "The Dark Knight" which grossed $158.4 million domestically.
The last installment of the boy wizard film franchise also casts its spell overseas. It opens to a huge $307 million through screenings in 59 countries, bringing its worldwide debut to $476 million. The David Yates-directed movie tops prior all-time benchmark of $394 million set by its predecessor "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".
Another major debut this week is "Winnie the Pooh", which comes close to enter the top five with estimated $8 million. It lands on number six, trailing behind "Cars 2" which is pushed down one position from number four with approximately $8.3 million.
Meanwhile, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" which topped the chart last week secures runner-up title this week with additional $21.2 million. "Horrible Bosses" and "Zookeeper" also drop one position each. The former is on number three with estimated $17.6 million, while the latter lands on number four with approximately $12.3 million.
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