“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” Breaks Records

Posted on July 15, 2011

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HALEY NELSON

Magic was in the air in movie theaters across America on Thursday night and early Friday morning.

Fans flocked to see the final film installment of the Harry Potter franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” massing $43.5 million from midnight showings, according to studio estimates.

The final movie installment smashed the previous midnight premiere record of $30 million set by “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” according to The Washington Post.

“Part 2” also broke IMAX Theater midnight opening records, making $2 million at the 274 big screen theaters nationwide.

The inclusion of a 3-D format could help the franchise’s 10-year run end with a total weekend debut of nearly $150 million, according to Hollywood.com. The first installment of “Deathly Hallows” reached $125 million last November.

To be the domestic weekend debut record holder, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” will have to surpass the $158 million record set in 2008 by “The Dark Knight.”

(Featured image courtesy of UPI.com)

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