18 Jul 2011

Harry Potter tops record in North America

10:23 pm on 18 July 2011

The latest film in the Harry Potter series has shattered box office records in the United States and Canada, raking in $US168 million on its opening weekend.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the eighth and final film in the series based on the books by British author JK Rowling.

The BBC reports the film's distributor, Warner Bros, says it made $US92 million on its opening .

The previous opening weekend record was held by Batman film The Dark Knight, which took $US158 million.