Harry Potter Sets New Midnight Record with $43.5 Million!

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 earned a record $43.5 million at midnight showings, surpassing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse‘s previous record of $30 million. IMAX theaters set a new record as well with $2 million at midnight.

It’s seems certain that “Part 2” will break the domestic opening day record of $72.7 million set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon, but will it be able to surpass The Dark Knight‘s opening weekend record of $158.4 million?

Including midnights, the epic finale has already grossed $126 million at the worldwide box office with the weekend still to come! On Wednesday, the film earned $43.6 million internationally in 26 countries, followed by another $37.6 million from 43 countries on Thursday for a foreign total of $82.5 million.

Warner Bros. Pictures released “Part 2” in 3,800 theaters at midnight and the theater count expands to 4,375today, including 3,000 3D locations.