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Harry Potter finale conjured up best opening weekend ever

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movie poster for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2"

A magical opening weekend for the final installment in the Harry Potter movie series. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” has broken all kind of records since opening to huge audiences at midnight screenings last Thursday.  Yesterday, its  estimated weekend take at the domestic box office was a gigantic $168. 5 million. The actual numbers were released today — and the Harry Potter finale did even better than expected — it pulled in $169.1 million for  a new all time weekend record.

Here are the top five grossing weekend movie openings

1. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2”  —– $169.1 million

2. “The Dark Knight” —– $158.4 million

3. “Spider-Man 3″ —– $151 million

4.”The Twilight Saga: New Moon” —– $142.8 million

5. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” —– $135 million

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” shattered the record for midnight shows with $43.5 million and for the biggest opening day — with $92.1 million last Friday.  Talking about ending on a high note.

Harry Potter easily captured the crown for the number one film in the country from the sci-fi action hit “Transformers 3” — which was a distant second with $21.3 million. Rounding out the top five at the box office, the adult comedy, “Horrible Bosses” $17.7 million,  the family comedy “Zookeeper” $12.3 million, and the animated sequel “Cars 2” $8.4 million.

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