$43.6-million opening day overseas for 'Harry Potter' finale
The last chapter in the amazingly successful franchise -- Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" -- took in $43.6 million on its first day playing in Europe and Australia.
It enjoyed the biggest opening day of all time in Italy, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Finland and Australia, as well as the biggest-ever Wednesday in France. It also scored big in Germany and Russia.
The total take was 82% higher than opening day ticket sales in the same countries for November's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1."
With more than 6,000 shows this weekend already sold out and record-breaking advance sales for midnight shows Thursday night, according to online ticketing service Fandango, the new "Potter" movie is poised for a huge opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada as well. Many in Hollywood believe it will surpass the $158.4-million domestic opening weekend record held by Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight."
-- Ben Fritz