‘Potter’ charms international moviegoers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” earned nearly $165 million during its first weekend of release in 40 territories outside of North America, pushing the overall global gross for the eight-film franchise to a record $5.7 billion and climbing.

With a staggering $155 million separating the top two films last weekend, “Due Date continued to spread the laughter in 30 territories, crossing the $130 million mark with a third-weekend gross of $8.7 million.

The weekend’s only other wide-release opener was Russell Crowe’s “The Next Three Days,” which mirrored its poor domestic debut with a gross of about $1.5 million at nearly 2,700 international locations.

Here are the top 20 movies at international theaters last weekend, followed by international gross for the weekend (excluding North America), number of theater locations, number of territories, worldwide gross to date (including North America), and number of weeks in release as compiled Wednesday by global media measurement company Rentrak Corp. and provided by Hollywood.com:

1. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I,” $164,151,954, 10,686 locations, 40 territories, $308,101,506, one week.

2. “Due Date,” $8,731,005, 6,494 locations, 30 territories, $132,901,293, three weeks.

3. “Saw 3D,” $7,542,867, 1,775 locations, 29 territories, $101,127,944, four weeks.

4. “Red,” $6,821,758, 4,045 locations, 28 territories, $142,648,471, six weeks.

5. “Unstoppable,” $6,222,141, 5,453 locations, 36 territories, $67,620,825, two weeks.

6. “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” $5,106,187, 3,050 locations, 12 territories, $283,984,660, 11 weeks.

7. “Despicable Me,” $4,918,436, 2,773 locations, 30 territories, $517,349,690, 20 weeks.

8. “The Social Network,” $4,887,179, 1,809 locations, 46 territories, $174,758,515, eight weeks.

9. “Potiche,” $4,360,778, 587 locations, four territories, $13,100,938, three weeks.

10. “Skyline,” $4,315,425, 4,210 locations, nine territories, $36,484,556, two weeks.

11. “Five Minarets in New York,” $4,081,118, 696 locations, three territories, $23,560,181, three weeks.

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