Harry Potter and co have cast a spell on cinema-goers worldwide, breaking box office records.
The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 took $168.5 million (£104.8 million) in the US and Canada and £23 million in the UK in its opening weekend.
The figures mean the franchise’s final instalment has now smashed the record for global weekend box office takings, previously set at £98 million by 2008’s Batman movie The Dark Knight.
The wizarding ways of Harry, Ron and Hermione have made the Potter movie franchise the most successful of all time, netting almost £4 billion globally since the first of eight films was released ten years ago. The figure surpasses the box office totals of all 22 James Bond films and the six Star Wars movies.
It is predicted to overtake the British record grossed during an entire run, currently held by the film adaptation of Mamma Mia!, which netted £69 million in 2008.
The final Potter film, which cost Warner Bros around £77 million to make, sees stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint reprise their roles for the last time. The trio’s combined fortune is estimated at £100 million, with Radcliffe currently the highest earning male actor in the world.
Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros, said: “We had the most successful franchise in the history of the motion picture business and we had a huge fan base. We also got fantastic reviews. That all enables us to expand our footprint. We are going to be around for a long time.”