'Harry Potter' rings up record $168 mln box office

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 17, 2011 11:33 AM
'Harry Potter' rings up record $168 mln box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The final "Harry Potter" film shattered box office records with $168.6 million in ticket sales over its debut weekend, the best three-day opening ever in the United States and Canada, distributor Warner Bros. said on Sunday.

The staggering sum for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," beat the previous record of $158.4 million over the initial three days for the 2008 Batman movie, "The Dark Knight."

Warner Bros is a unit of Time Warner Inc.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)