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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Final 'Harry Potter' film sets record for most tickets sold during midnight screenings [Updated]

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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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