By Max Clarke

The 8th and final instalment of the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, has rocketed to the top of box offices worldwide, raking in a record $168.6 million in its opening weekend, topping the previous record by some $10 million.

This weekend’s UK box office takings are yet to be published, but the epic is widely anticipated to smash UK records, as well as countless others across the world.
A further $307 million from some 59 countries, the LA Times calculated, add to this record figure to make it the highest grossing opening weekend for a film worldwide.

Critics and fans lauded the saga for its immersive plot and breathtaking special effects, as University of California film critic, Madeleine Flynn comments:

The film has everything that is expected of a summer blockbuster — eye-popping special effects, famous actors, epic battle sequences — but thankfully director David Yates and the rest of his team have not let the action and 3-D technology get in the way of the storytelling.

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