Harry Potter nets £300m

THE final Harry Potter film has shattered worldwide box office records with $476m (£295m) in global ticket sales since it opened last week.

And the $168.6m US and Canadian takings for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2” is the best three-day opening for a film ever, distributor Warner Bros said yesterday.

It beat the previous record of $158.4m over the initial three days for the 2008 Batman movie, “The Dark Knight.”

Internationally, the finale for British author JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series captured a record $307m in 59 countries since it opened last week. That includes weekend sales plus Wednesday and Thursday for some markets.

The prior record for an overseas opening belonged to “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which took about $260m outside North America in its debut in May.