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'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' breaks record for opening weekend

Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson are seen in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.' (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

July 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Harry Potter" cast a spell on movie-goers this weekend, magically breaking the record for the best opening weekend ever.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" raked in nearly $169 million this weekend. It broke the previous record of nearly $159 million set by "The Dark Knight" in 2008.

Fans saw the final saga in the popular boy wizard series in 2-D and 3-D, helping ticket sales.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," $168.6 million ($307 million international).
2. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," $21.3 million ($39 million international).
3. "Horrible Bosses," $17.6 million.
4. "Zookeeper," $12.3 million.
5. "Cars 2," $8.3 million ($12.4 million international).
6. "Winnie the Pooh," $8 million.
7. "Bad Teacher," $5.2 million.
8. "Larry Crowne," $2.6 million.
9. "Super 8," $1.92 million.
10. "Midnight in Paris," $1.9 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this story