‘Harry Potter’: ‘Deathly Hallows Part 1’ conjures midnight magic for franchise — According to Boxofficemojo.com, the midnight opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 surpassed the same opening night figures for any of the other movies in the Hary Potter franchise. Midnight ticket sales Friday were an estimated $24 million at about 3700 theaters.
Compare that to the list below for other franchise midnight releases:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince = $22.2 million at 3,003 locations
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix = $12 million
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire = $6.3 million
When compared to other film franchises, Harry Potter holds up well in the midnight time slot, even though the series has only recently caught up to the typical midnight audience in terms of age.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse holds the midnight opening record, for example, at $30 million at 4,000 locations. The Dark Knight, which still holds the opening weekend record at $158.4 million, had a midnight opening of $18.5 million.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, based on the bestselling book by J. K. Rowling, is in theaters now.
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