Box Office: Harry Potter casts opening weekend spell
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 continues to break records, taking a record $18.36 million over the weekend.
Opening on a record 754 screens in both 3D and 2D, the eighth film in the franchise is a battle of good and evil as Harry faces Voldemort for the final time.
The previous record-holder, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, grossed $16.11 million in its opening weekend. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has now grossed $25,460,975 since the movie's midnight release last Wednesday.
Globally, the film has made $US476 million. There were no other major new releases at the box office over the weekend.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon has moved down to second place, making $2,995,636 over the weekend across 507 screens, a 57 per cent drop since last week.
Mr Popper's Penguins made an average of $7,595 over 268 screens, bringing its earnings to $10,076,468.
Animated sequels Cars 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2 complete the top five, bringing in $1,899,798 and $1,808,502 respectively.
After passing the $1 million mark last week, Snowtown took in $21,282 – a 20 per cent drop from last week. Mrs Carey's Concert opened on two additional screens and made $22,055.
Sleeping Beauty earned $21,731 across 12 screens – its total box office to date now stands at $275,077.
WA thriller Blame had a screen average of just $377 in its fifth week of release. The weekend's $1,132 brings its cumulative gross to $39,151.
Australian Films at the Box Office 2011
Source: MPDAA, IF Magazine