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Harry Potter smashes US box office on opening day

More box office records are expected to tumble. Magic stuff.

Fans outside a midnight screening of the final Harry Potter movie on Friday.
Fans outside a midnight screening of the final Harry Potter movie on Friday.
Image: Charles Krupa/AP/Press Association Images

HARRY POTTER HAS cast his biggest spell yet with a record-breaking first day at the box office.

Distributor Warner Brothers reports that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ summoned up $92.1 million in the US domestically on its opening day yesterday.

That’s nearly $20 million more than the previous record-holder, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which took in $72.7 million in its first day two years ago.

The finale of the “Harry Potter” saga also set a record for midnight screenings with $43.5 million. That topped “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which pulled in about $30 million in its first midnight shows last year.

Box-office tracker projected Saturday that “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ also could break the opening-weekend record of $158.4 million domestically held by “The Dark Knight.”

- AP

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