The first part of the final Harry Potter film opened last night at midnight, and it’s already surpassing the HP flicks before it!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was released at midnight Nov. 19, and the numbers are now rolling in (along with the dough). It’s already a huge hit!
Not only was last night successful in terms of a new release, but Deathly Hallows broke the franchise record for midnight showings with a whopping $24 million opening! As expected, fans were lining up for hours before just to be the first to see part one of the final movie in the Harry Potter series. Deathly Hallows opened at 3,700 locations in North America, and most midnight shows sold out way in advanced.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (the sixth installment) held the series midnight opening record previously with $22.2 million. Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution said in a statement: “We are all thrilled by these early grosses, which we believe are just the beginning of a record-breaking opening weekend. We are releasing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 at 4,125 locations and on over 9,400 screens in an effort to ensure that the fans who have been eagerly awaiting the film will have every opportunity to see it.”
So, if you haven’t seen it yet, there’s plenty of chances to check it out — and if you’ve seen it already…well, go see it again! Congrats, Harry Potter gang!