"Harry Potter" breaks box office records worldwide

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(CBS) It's official: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" has the highest grossing opening in American box office history. The film also topped the world box office.

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Here in the states, Harry and friends (and enemies) took over the top spot from "The Dark Knight" for best opening weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the final Potter film took in $168.55 million. Christopher Nolan's second Batman grossed a robust $158.4 million when it opened in 2008.

Around the world, the cumulative Potter numbers were even larger. The movie grossed about $307 million, outgrossing the previous world box office record holder, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," by almost 20 percent, reports Box Office Mojo.

Harry's top territory was the U.K., where it earned $36.6 million and was the biggest three-day opener there in history. The movie didn't break records in other territories worldwide, but the numbers it put up were big enough for overall winner in world grosses.

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