Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, which was released globally just 2 days ago is smashing box office records, globally. The eighth and final installment of the series, Part 2 grossed $475.6 million worldwide during opening weekend, smashing the previous record of $394 million during opening weekend, which was achieved by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince back in 2009. Part 2 has also broke the record for the biggest opening day gross in history, in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, and United Kingdom. With a foreign opening weekend of $307 million, Part 2 broke the previous record held by Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides of $262 million.
It has also broke several U.S./Canadian records: biggest opening weekend in history, biggest opening weekend during the month of July, biggest opening weekend during the Summer, biggest opening weekend for PG-13 movie, biggest opening weekend for IMAX, biggest opening day in history, biggest opening day on a Friday in history, widest 3D launch in history, highest gross in advanced ticket sales in history, biggest midnight release in history, biggest IMAX midnight release in history, biggest 3-day gross in history, fastest to $100 million in U.S. and Canada sales only (2 days), fastest to $150 million in U.S. and Canada sales only (3 days), biggest international opening weekend, biggest foreign opening weekend, and biggest 3 day UK weekend gross. If the gross keeps up at the same current speed, the film will have grossed $1 billion globally by Thursday, July 21st, 2011. Considering the grossing speed will likely decrease, First Stop News is expecting the film will reach $1 billion by Wednesday, July 27th, 2011.
The film has also been well-received by critics, with a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, an approval rating of 87% on Metacritic, and a 96% approval rating, here at First Stop News. You can read our review of the film, here.