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"Harry Potter" breaks box office records worldwide

Harry Potter On the cusp of coming of age, Harry has a singular mission: to destroy the evil Lord Voldemort - the same man who killed his parents, James and Lily, and left him an orphaned baby. Since their deaths, Harry has lived with his nonmagical and thoroughly venal relatives, the Dursleys, when he is not at Hogwarts, his magic school. During his fifth year at Hogwarts, he learns he is the subject of a prophecy involving Voldemort: he and the Dark Lord will face off in a final showdown, and only one can survive. Aside from the loss of his parents, Harry has also had to deal with the deaths of his beloved godfather, Sirius Black, and Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. He's in love with Ginny Weasley, but stopped seeing her because he didn't want to endanger her life. The two eventually get back together. In the last book/film, he's struck with a difficult task: find the hidden pieces of Voldemort's soul (called Horcruxes) and destroy them, so that the evil wizard can finally be killed. Warner Bros.

(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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