Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 descends upon the world this weekend like a plague of Death Eaters in what is expected to become one of the biggest launches in history.

Warner Bros Pictures International has scheduled releases on 18,000 screens in 91 markets day-and-date with North America.

The penultimate episode in the industry’s biggest franchise will knock Fox International’s thriller Unstoppable off its perch. That film stands at $21.7m and calls on Hungary, Israel, Sri Lanka and Syria this weekend.

Latest figures from Fox put Vampires Suck on $41.9m, Knight & Day on $184.7m and Avatar on $2.023bn.

Universal / UIP’s Despicable Me has amassed $262.9m. The Kids Are All Right arrives in Germany and Austria and has grossed $2.2m. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World on $14.9m opens in Italy, Switzerland and German-speaking Switzerland.

DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind has grossed $28.8m from the early stages through PPI.

Sony Pictures Releasing International opens The Social Network in around 25 territories, among them Australia, Belgium and Singapore. The film stands at more than $76.8m.

Rom-com Easy A and comedy The Other Guys arrive in France and stand at more than $10.4m and $47m, respectively, while the animation Open Season 3 opens in Mexico.

Angelina Jolie action thriller Salt touches down in Italy and Italian-speaking Switzerland and has amassed more than $175.4m. Resident Evil: Afterlife has amassed more than $217.4m through all distributors. Taken touches down in Germany and six other territories.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International’s Toy Story 3 is on $648.9m, while The Sorcerer’s Apprenticehas grossed $152.8m and You Again stands at $5.7m.