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July 15, 2011 | 10:05 am
The eighth and final "Harry Potter" film only flew into theaters at midnight, but the movie is already having a magical effect on the box office.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," the last installment in the massively popular film franchise about a boy wizard, opened during the wee hours of the morning and has already sold $43.5 million in tickets, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros.
That's more than any film has ever made during post-midnight screenings, blowing away the previous record held by "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," which grossed about $30 million on a Wednesday in June 2010. It's also a far greater sum than any "Harry Potter" film has made from late-night showings: 2009's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" had been the most successful of the series in that time frame, collecting $22.2 million from midnight ticket sales.
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