Hogwarts vs. Gotham City? Harry Potter and Batman fans will never find out who would beat whom on the battlefield, but the young wizard has proved himself dominant at the box office with the biggest global opening weekend in film history.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″ raked in just over $169 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, according to a final tally Monday morning by Warner Bros. That’s significantly more than the previous record for the biggest-ever weekend at the North American box office, set by “The Dark Knight” three years ago with $158.6 million.
The David Yates-directed fantasy film also set a record for the biggest international opening with a massive $309-million take in 59 foreign markets. And that’s with China still yet to come.
Call it magic or chalk it up to the devotion of muggles, but it’s a record that Hollywood experts expect to stand without challenge — at least until next year when, just like the title says, “The Dark Knight Rises.” That Christopher Nolan film, the third starring Christian Bale as Batman, is the next release with a good shot at stealing the No. 1 spot from Potter. And even if it falls a bit short, it raises the tantalizing possibility that Warner Bros. could possess the three biggest opening-weekend totals (not adjusted for inflation) in Hollywood history.
— Ben Fritz
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