'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' conjures up a record-breaking $43.5 million at midnight showings

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 grossed a huge $43.5 million last night during midnight showings in 3,800 locations, shattering the midnight box office record previously held by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which earned just over $30 million from midnight shows in 2010.

The final picture in the magical franchise topped all other Harry Potter movies’ midnight grosses. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 earned $24 million at midnight last year, while Half-Blood Prince pulled in $22.2 million. Part 2 also more-than-tripled the $12 million that Order of the Phoenix earned at midnight, and earned almost seven times as much as Goblet of Fire, which grossed $6.3 million at midnight.

Perhaps most notably, Deathly Hallows — Part 2‘s $43.5 million midnight figure trounces The Dark Knight‘s $18.5 million midnight grosses. As you probably know, the Batman flick currently holds the record for the highest opening weekend with $158 million, and if there’s any movie that’s going to be able to steal that title, it’s Deathly Hallows — Part 2. My colleague John Young doesn’t think Harry Potter will be able to reach those heights, but its strong midnight debut certainly makes that possibility a whole lot more likely!

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  • AWESOME

    I’m going to be really childish, but here it goes:
    Twilight can suck it.
    Carry on. :D

    • yes

      amen!

      • Tom Strong

        SUCK IT TWILIGHT!!!! IN YOUR FACE, FLANDERS!!!!

      • Tim

        Poor Team Edward.

    • Remy

      My thoughts exactly! :D

    • sv

      Yessss.

    • Anne

      Ha! I thought the same thing!

      • Regina George

        The Twilight trailer was the most hilarious thing ever! Especially in the wedding part when Bella just stares at Edward. Her facial expression is “What the hell am I doing here?” and it’s so funny.

    • jj

      Twilight will shatter all those records. If tweens can make someone like Justin Bieber a phenomena it will make twilight a record breaking movie. I honestly can’t even watch the whole preview without laughing but let’s be honest, tweens seem to be taking over the entertainment industry

      • Q

        When they showed the trailer for the new Twilight movie during Super 8, the entire theater burst out into laughter at how bad it looked. LOL

      • RT

        Twilight is an American phenomena. Harry Potter is a GLOBAL one. Each and every HP movie has left each and every Twilight movie in the dust globally.

      • VHA

        Twilight is full of girls obsessing over hott guys….without the hott guys twilight would be nothing. BTW we have not beaten all of Twilights records, but we have the best consisteny in the box office. However HP I guarentee has destoryed box office in 80 more records then Twilight…..because its just THAT awesome haha

      • @jj

        How? Eclipse did $30 million with a summer release date, and couldn’t even beat it predecessor’s opening day or worldwide gross. It crawled across $300 million in the U.S. because of some stupid “Bella’s birthday” stunt.
        Most people, even fans, despise Breaking Dawn. It also doesn’t have the benefit of 3D. Also take into consideration the FACT that fewer people care about Twilight as time pass — it does not have the longevity that HP, Star Wars, LotR, etc. do. People are dumping it and running to join the Hunger Game crowd. The second BD film is almost a year and a half away. That’s an eternity in teenage-girl time.
        So no, neither BD film will “shatter” anything.

      • Pash

        JJ, if after Twilight has been around for a decade+ people still care about it then please continue crowing about how awesome it is. However, until such time as it proves itself to be more than a passing fad, STFU. DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY!

      • Emily K

        Listen bud, I went at midnight for Potter, and EVERYONE BOOOED TWILIGHT. Someone had a seizure because it was so lame. Harry Potter teaches us how to be strong, to be brave, and to stand up for what we believe in. The women of Harry Potter(most of them) are strong, and will fight and not hide out in the middle of some freaking forest while the battle is going on. That teaches girls to be stupid and a dude will save them. That’s bull. Harry Potter beats Twilight in every aspect of anything. Twilight will be done in a year and no one will care. Harry Potter will live on because he taught us things we will remember and pass on. So I dont think Twilight will break any records but for sucking so bad and making girls seem weak. and yeah Pash, DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY!

      • Brad H

        Since when have tweens NOT run the entertainment industry????? This is NOT NEW! I would suggest that you look at history.

        Let’s start moving backwards… N*Sync… BSB… Titanic… and that is only recent history!

      • @Emily

        Can you imagine Hermione hiding out in a tent while Harry and Ron go off and fight? :-D

      • Veritaserum

        Finish this sentence: The only thing Twilight beats Harry Potter at is…

      • @Veritaserum

        …sucking.

      • Veritaserum

        Yes that is correct. You speak the truth.

      • Susan

        I think it’s possible that Breaking Dawn will come close to or beat these records, but I don’t think it will match this movie’s overall gross. I actually like the Twilight book series, but not the movies. That being said, Harry Potter (both the books and movies) are way better in quality. I just saw the Deathly Hallows part 2, and it was phenomenal.

      • Emily K

        Harry and Ron fighting without Hermoine while she hides in a tent = Two Funerals.

      • S

        “Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. … The real difference is that [Harry Potter author] Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and [Twilight author] Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”
        — Stephen King

        ” Harry Potter is all about confronting fears , finding inner strength , and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.” – Stephen King

      • Laura

        Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II:
        The end of an era

        Twilight Breaking Dawn:
        The end of an error

    • Laura

      suck it HARD!!

    • Carla

      YEAH!

    • Allie

      woohoo! you read my mind.

    • Diane

      AMEN!

    • Jason

      Loved your comment! Love it! :) Harry Potter deserves this though.

    • Daniel

      Amen to that I watched the first twilight pro wrestlers are better actors than these twits

    • Samantha

      I was crossing my fingers that part 2 would beat it! SO much more deserved. It was such a wonderfully sad conclusion to the franchise and deserves to break all kinds of records.

    • Jill

      hahha it can indeed

    • District 12

      just saw HP made 92 million opening day

    • Shop06

      Harry Potter was the greatest! I love every moment of the film!

  • xianghenmeng

    We expected the movie to make incredible amounts of money. What we didn’t expect was the almost universally positive reviews, the kind of thing you expect from the Godfather. Yo, Academy…?

    • Dave

      Agreed. With 10 Best Picture nominees, Deathly Hallows Part 2 should be a valid contender for a nomination. If movies like Avatar and Inception can get nominated, then there’s no reason that Harry Potter should be thought of as unworthy.

      • Sally

        The Oscars have changed their movie nominations this year. There won’t be a set 10 nominations for Best Picture this year. The nomination number will be fluid depending on the votes – voters will pick their #1 movie of the year. If there are a lot of #1 movie picks, then the group will be large. If the #1 picks is a smaller group, then the group will be small.
        But I don’t think it will matter for Harry Potter. Given the universal praise from the reviewers this year, I would expect it to get a best picture nomination.

      • Dave

        Thanks for the info, Sally. I didn’t know that. Should be interesting to see how it turns out.

      • megslin

        love it completely agree those actors DESERVE an Oscar. The main reason dark knight made so much money was because of Heath Ledger’s untimely death. If any movie could beat it, it’s this one!

      • steelerdaddy

        Remember when LotR:RotK won the Oscar? Remember everyone universally agreeing that it was basically for the entire series? I would NOT be surprised to see the same thing happen here. I wouldn’t bet my house on it, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

      • AcaseofGeo

        Yes, but LOTR got Oscar love from the very beginning, having won several categories for each of the first 2 films. Since they were purposely released in 3 successive years, the prevailing thought is that indeed, the LOTR:ROTK’s win as Best Pic was for the WHOLE series. However, there is not the same attitude towards Potter. The last 3 movies have a very different feel from the rest (so do the first 2), and the 3rd & 4th installments feel almost stand alone. There might be HP7 noms but there will probably be no wins.

    • RCB

      Rickman for Best Supporting Actor?

      • Woot

        YES!

      • kate middleton

        LOVE this idea. I would be thrilled!

      • RT

        Absolutely. Rickman is a superb actor who has yet to be nominated for anything. He is overdue for a nomination and not just for the Potter movies.

      • Christie

        The fact that he’s never won an Oscar just shows that there’s no justice in this world.

      • rentagoodbook

        Can I get an AMEN!

      • Crystal

        Love this idea.

      • sv

        Yes, please.

      • michelle

        i would LOVE for rickman to get an Oscar – ESPECIALLY for playing snape — but at least he’s in good company — i can’t stinking believe Gary Oldman hasn’t at the very least been NOMINATED yet –

      • JP

        PLEASE! I will be so disappointed if he doesn’t! And what about Matthew Lewis? I think he deserves some kind of recognition as well. He did amazing!!

      • Liz Lemon

        Rickman deserves a nomination for his reaction to Lily’s body’s alone. That was just heart-wrenching.
        But since awards season is so far away, the hype will probably have died down by then. :(

      • S

        He was incredible. He deserves it.

      • steelerdaddy

        Someone should get a Betty White-esque campaign rolling for this one. :)

      • Laura

        Oh yes!!! He made me cry so hard in the movie and definitely portrayed the love story in the movie so well. Haha JK Rowling told a better love story in one chapter than Stephanie Meyers in 4 books!

    • John

      Inception was a fantastic movie, leagues above Avatar.

      • JD

        Agreed

      • Woot

        Hahaha I agree!

      • m1

        Yes, it’s better, though not leagues better. Inception is an 8, Avatar is a 7.

  • Chris

    What a way to go!

    Twilight who?

  • Molly

    I am proud to say I attended a midnight showing, and it was fantastically amazing. Potter rocks.

  • sabrina W

    I’m going to be really childish, but here it goes:
    GET OVER TWILIGHT!!! and yeah for DH2!
    proud fan of twilight and harry potter!!!
    carry on!!!! :)

  • LOL

    America likes a quality movie? Who knew?

    • RT

      Nobody would know given what usually tops the box office. Normally American loves crap, but here is a glorious exception.

    • LOL

      It’s no Fast Five, but it’s definately a step up from the crap they’ve been flocking to the rest of the summer.

  • Ralph

    More than halfway to the opening day record just from midnight shows? Wow. I didn’t originally believe it would break The Dark Knight’s weekend record, but now I think it has a good chance.

    • kate middleton

      I think it will definitely beat Dark Knight. Maybe not by much, but I honestly don’t see how it can’t considering it got more than 25% of the weekend gross in just midnight shows! I am going tonight at 10pm – cannot wait!

    • Jeremy

      you apparently dont read boxofficemojo.com theyve been forcasting for 6 months that it would break dark knight record you fairweather box office fan

  • Lynn

    You could see this coming a mile away, just by looking at the sellouts. Opening-day record is also all but certain and if it holds well it could easily challenge for the opening-weekend record too.
    I’m just that Twilight trash isn’t on top anymore. I know that’s petty, but I don’t care.

    • Lynn

      Just GLAD that. ;-)

  • Loch Ness

    Hey, I’m big Dark Knight fan and have never seen a Potter movie, but even I am happy because from all accounts, it’s a quality flick…and because it crushed Twilight.

  • twilight sucks

    Add the 97% fresh and the 8.6/10 on IMDB.

    HP has both quality and quantity.

    twilight has only quanitiy

    • m1

      And IMDb is credible because…?

      • Diane

        It’s the tools the business professionals use.

      • JD

        The 87 on Metacritic means more than IMDB…highest scored wide-release of the year, one of the highest in the last several.

      • Yaxley

        And rottentomatos is credible because…?

      • m1

        @Yaxley: They calculate the average from the critics and the percentage of the critics who liked it. More data = more credible.

  • Paula

    I watched the movie ysterday ans I’ll watch it again,is an amaizing movie I hope it gets reconize

    • Liz Lemon

      If it gets recognized for anything, it better be for the AMAZING special effects. Those scenes with the dragon were some of the best visual effects I’ve ever seen.
      I’ve seen dragons on the big screen before, but they actually managed to give this one emotion. You could see it on it’s face. I was seriously awestruck.

  • Levi

    Opening day record here comes Harry!!! But for the weekend, I’m not sure if it can do it. And if it does, The Dark Knight Rises might break the record held.

    • Patrick

      Yeah, also The Avengers would have a very good chance too but Dark Knight Rises should do $180m this time next year

      • Necro

        Let’s not forget, Potter film is helped by the higher ticket prices for 3D, not even factoring in inflation. It’s all in the family, it’s a WB film no matter what records are set. Avengers I won’t do this kind of business.

      • Hannah

        The Dark Knight Rises might break DH2’s opening weekend (if DH2 sets a new record). The Avengers won’t, guaranteed. Comic book movies aren’t making bank like they used to.

      • Woot

        Hannah, that is the most hilarious comment I have ever read. I hope you were just making a joke… The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises IS a comic book movie…

      • Hannah

        I was speaking generally, and generally, comic book movies aren’t making what they used to. Look at Thor, Green Lantern, X-Men, etc. so far this year. None of them have grossed anything astronomical. Iron Man 2 didn’t make as much in the U.S. as Iron Man.
        TDK was the last HUGE comic book movie, actually. It and Raimi’s Spider-Man films (which are now done) and Iron Man to some extent are really the only rock-solid comic book properties.

      • Woot

        I assumed that’s what you meant, I was just giving you a bit of crap. It just sounded a bit funny thats all.

    • jodipo

      I really do not think the dark knight rises will have the opening that TDK had. It had the added hype of people raving over Ledgers performance after his unfortunate demise. The new one has a lame villain and there will be no extra draw due to a major star dying.

      • Jen

        I agree 100% with you, I think DKR will not sell the way TDK did.

      • Mike

        Was thinking the same thing. I’ll be in line for Dark Knight Rises, but I think the “unique” intrigue from TDK that helped propel its box office numbers may not be there. It definitely will still do really well though.

      • JD

        It’ll be amazing, because Nolan does not make bad movies. It might not sell as well, but it’ll be huge, seeing as the last one was and it’s the last in the trilogy Nolan’s making.

      • KJJ

        No offense jodipo, but if you’ve ever read a Batman comic you’d know that Bane isn’t, by any stretch, a lame villain. In addition to that fact, Tom Hardy, the dude playing Bane, is a phenomenal actor. I think Dark Knight Rises has a distinct chance of reaching at least close to the heights of TDK.

    • Jeremy

      its already $126 million totall including worldwide. stop 2nd guessing yourself

    • Liz Lemon

      If The Dark Knight Rises does break it, it’s a win-win situation for WB.

  • Lisa

    I love Harry Potter, but I also know this has more to do with 3D sales than anything else. Twilight will never be in 3D (at least I assume so), and the Dark Night wasn’t when it first came out. I’m more interested in ticket sales since that to me is the true indicator of which movie was most successful opening weekend.

    • @Lisa

      Actually, it beat Eclipse in midnight admissions too, not just sales. If you actually **look** at midnight sellouts, 2D destroyed 3D. 3D had play in IMAX theaters and as a last resort, but people chose 2D over 3D in droves.
      So please don’t act like it’s all about 3D as if it were Avatar or something. Not the case.

      • Jersie

        Its a great book series, the wreitr is great at descriptives and making you feel as the main character does. I’ve loaned my copy of Twilight to a friend and his wife she read it in a day and begged for New moon! It’s addictive and awesome!

    • Liz Lemon

      Did a lot of people see it in 3D though? But I’m sure the 3D ticket sales helped. I’m planning on seeing it in 3D soon.

    • S

      Pretty much everyone I knew was going to the 2D version. It wasn’t like 3D was in the majority.

  • Doctor Who Fan

    Hello Twilight and the Dark Knight were not both in IMAX & 3D and is not the ‘last’ of anything. Oh and then there is inflation. So records are not all solid or equal. Regardless as long as no Pirate movie is on top I’m happy. I love Twilight, HP and Dark Knight so is all good ! Now if HP can swing an Oscar or a nomination in the top categories then we can argue about quality versus quantity.

    • @Doctor Who Fan

      The vast, vast majority of midnight sellouts were 2D shows. This isn’t Avatar.
      Sorry, but when my hometown theater sells out ALL 25 SCREENS for HP at midnight, I doubt that Twilight or even Batman could’ve done better. But that’s me.

    • Mike

      Well, if you want to see records adjusted for inflation barely any of these movies make the top 10. Gone with the Wind will probably always be #1. And Star Wars a close 2nd.

      • Mike

        Not sure why I said barely…I really meant NONE! Still can’t wait for Potter tonight though!

      • James

        Gone With the Wind was also re-released like eight times. Star Wars had that massive 1997 anniversary re-release too, in anticipation of Phantom Menace in the pipeline.

      • Mike

        Yeah, and that rarely happens anymore. And I’m guessing when GWTW was out, there wasn’t much to compete with. Hence why those records will probably never be touched.

      • Diane

        Harry Potter might just get itself in third place. The interest in this movie is exceptional

  • alex

    I am one of those who watched at midnight… its really amazing.. fascinating…

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