“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” Sets New Box-Office Record

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” summoned its most powerful spell to rewrite the box-office records with a new opening-day record of $92.1 million in North America, putting it on track for the best weekend gross of all time.

The last chapter in the film franchise easily defeated the previous opening-day best of $72.7 million set two years ago by “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.” “Harry Potter” also reset the best midnight screening gross with $43.5 million, more than $10 million better than the nearly $30 million earned by last year’s “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”

“Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is also projected to overtake “The Dark Knight” in the best weekend opening gross. The Batman movie “The Dark Knight” earned 158.4 million in North America when it opened in July 2008. Second in the all-time list is 2007s “Spider-Man 3” with $151.1.