Warner Bros. Pictures’ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix earned an estimated $44.2 million on Wednesday making it the biggest Wednesday single-day gross in box-office history. The figure includes $12 million from midnight showings that started Tuesday going on Wednesday.
This tops Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man 2 which held the record since 2004 with its $40.4 million take on Wednesday, June 30th of that year.
It’s also the fifth-biggest opening day for a movie in history, surpassing Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End‘ $42.9 million.
“Order of the Phoenix” earned $1.9 million from a record-breaking 91 IMAX screens, the highest opening day ever for any day of the week, beating Spider-Man 3, whose take was $1.8 million on IMAX screens.