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HARRY POTTER AND THE HIGHEST-CHARTING SOUNDTRACK: The final “Harry Potter” movie roared to a record-breaking opening last weekend, scoring the highest-ever worldwide debut ($481.5 million).
On the Billboard 200, the film franchise similarly goes out on a high note, as the soundtrack to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” becomes its highest-peaking edition, starting at No. 25.
Here are the Billboard 200 peak positions of each “Harry Potter” soundtrack. Peak ranks on the Soundtracks chart are listed in parentheses:
No. 48, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” 2001 (No. 2)
No. 81, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” 2002 (No. 5)
No. 68, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” 2004 (No. 3)
No. 80, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” 2005 (No. 4)
No. 43, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” 2007 (No. 5)
No. 29, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” 2009 (No. 3)
No. 74, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” 2010 (No. 4)
No. 25, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” 2011 (No. 2)
(“It is an extraordinary privilege for everyone at Warner Bros. to share in this piece of cinema history,” Warner Bros. Group president Jeff Robinov said of the series’ final box office opening. “We are extremely grateful to the Harry Potter fans, who have remained loyal to the movies for more than a decade. We also want to congratulate the amazing roster of actors and filmmakers, whose artistry and talent is evident in every frame of every film.
“But, special thanks must go to the woman whose incomparable imagination literally changed the world, Jo Rowling.”)
ENGLISH PATIENCE: Pitbull‘s “Give Me Everything,” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, rises 3-1 as the Greatest Gainer on Latin Songs, marking the rapper’s first leader on the list among 16 chart entries dating to 2006.
The song is also the first English-language No. 1 without an accompanying Spanish version since Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On” reigned the week of Feb. 21, 1998.
TKO: The bad news for Foo Fighters on Rock Songs? Their “Rope” drops to No. 2 after spending its first 20 weeks at No. 1, the longest reign in the chart’s two-year existence.
The good news? The band becomes the first act to replace itself at the summit, as follow-up “Walk” steps 3-1.
The band is the first act to log three No. 1s on the survey – it first reigned for two weeks with “Wheels” in 2009 – passing Alice in Chains, Linkin Park and Three Days Grace, each with two leaders. Foo Fighters are additionally the first act to monopolize the chart’s top two spots simultaneously.