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July 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 grossed $92.1 Friday night, the largest domestic take of all time, far surpassing the previous Friday record of $72.7 million set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon in its debut in 2009. The figure includes $43.5 million from midnight grosses, also a record. (It’s presently not known how much of that take is represented by higher-priced 3D ticket sales, but it’s unlikely that attendance for Deathly Hallows exceeded New Moon.) The next record in sight is the $158-million 3-day haul grossed by another Warner franchise, The Dark Knight, in 2008. While some box-office forecasters are predicting a big slide in attendance tonight (Saturday), most foresee only a slight dip as adults, who ordinarily avoid first-night crowds, turn out. Daily Variety quoted a source at a rival studio as predicting that the movie will make close to $195 million over the three-day weekend.