Potter charms global movie fans
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1 has taken the global box office by storm.
The seventh instalment in the Harry Potter franchise - starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint - earned nearly 165 million dollars during its first weekend of release in 40 countries outside of North America, pushing the overall global gross for the eight-film franchise to a record 5.7 billion.
With a staggering 155 million dollars separating the top two films last weekend, Due Date continued to spread the laughter in 30 territories, crossing the 130-million-dollar mark with a third-weekend gross of 8.7 million.
The weekend's only other wide-release opener was Russell Crowe's The Next Three Days, which mirrored its poor domestic debut with a gross of about 1.5 million dollars at nearly 2,700 international locations.