'Harry Potter' Kicks 'Twilight's' Butt: The Final Movie Breaks Midnight Sales Records!

Thu, July 14, 2011 8:51pm EDT by 23 Comments

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2′ has already made $43.5 million in the box office, smashing midnight screening records! ‘Eclipse’ made $30 million in midnight showings! Twi-hards are you upset?

Wow — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has hit theaters and it is already breaking records. It’s no surprise to any Harry Potter fan that the final installment is generating as much buzz as it has this week, yet now movie ticket sales have confirmed it. More than 6,000 midnight showings sold out prior to Thursday night’s big release and now, theaters even added 3:00 a.m. showings, because fans needed to see the movie as soon as possible! And we don’t blame them!

NYpost.com reports that this was the largest number of pre-sold tickets ever! Ticket service Fandango confirms this unbelievable sales streak, and even put it in simpler terms: 93% of all tickets on Thursday are tickets to see Harry Potter at midnight. Incredible!

The last movie that generated as much buzz and midnight-showing mania was the latest Twilight movie, Eclipse. So far, Harry Potter is several million over Twilight’s record for midnight showings sales. In terms of previous midnight showing ticket sales, Eclipse made $30 million, New Moon made $26.3 million and Twilight opened with a little over $7 million. Still something to be proud of for sure.

To be fair, Twilight still has two more movies to go in the franchise, and this is the end of the ‘Potter’ era, which has spanned ten years and appeals to a wider fan-base, but it has turned into quite a showdown!

We will just have to wait and see what happens when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is released this fall.

What do you think HollywoodLifers? Which movie do YOU think deserves the box-office title?

Blair Moylan

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aa

Posted at 3:37 AM on August 30, 2011  

Come on, HP is so much better! The veteran actors, awesome special effects, complicated storylines and a genius author says it all! Besides, people of all ages can watch it unlike Twilight which is mostly targeted to teens and adults.

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Marie

Posted at 4:47 AM on July 22, 2011  

I like both, and this is moronic. First of all, Harry Potter is 8 movies so is obviously going to outsell Twilight’s 5. Secondly, the last 2 Twilight movies aren’t out yet so let’s wait and see before we start crowing that HP made more money. And at the end of the day it won’t matter. HP fans will like HP and Twilight fans will like Twilight. Neither is better.

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Christine

Posted at 10:52 AM on July 15, 2011  

One big reason why Twilight makes so much money is because fangirls bring their boyfriends, moms and other people who couldn’t care less.

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katrina

Posted at 10:13 AM on July 15, 2011  

For me as a Harry Potter fan that doesn’t mean anything. I don’t care about breaking anybody’s records, records are being broken all the time. Nothing new, especially since DH2 came out in 3D also, where ticket prices are naturally higher. So you would have to compare the number of tickets sold. I’m just sad the journey is over, and articles like this don’t make it better. :*(

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melay

Posted at 8:25 AM on July 15, 2011  

i love them both, and ive watch them both from d start to finish…and their both phenomenon, its jst dat may high school days remain in harry potter…=)..HARRY POTTER ITS ALREADY IN MOVIE HISTORY NOW.. lets jst be happy and enjoy the two movies~_^

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lena

Posted at 7:50 AM on July 15, 2011  

The poll question was obviously asked by a twilight fan… and i think that’s amazing. i’m a fan of twilight, but Harry Potter will always be number 1. did you know that the least successful Harry Potter movie, earned more than most successful Twilight movie?

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christina

Posted at 6:10 AM on July 15, 2011  

YESSS!!!! Harry Potter deserves it!!! love it love it

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natnat111111

Posted at 3:26 AM on July 15, 2011  

who cares 2 completely different stories and i am fed up this HP v Twilight crap

they are both great and have great cast members.

the money made means nothing to the fans

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jackie

Posted at 2:28 AM on July 15, 2011  

Im a big fan of twilight and im a fan of HP and of course HP will get a lot of money cause its the kast movie what do you expect?!! But im watching it tmr at 9 am so excited!!!!!!

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nessie bella

Posted at 11:03 PM on July 14, 2011  

I alredy see it!!! It was AWESOME!!!! I cried like a baby since the moment a saw Snape till the end, so sad & then so happy ending, can’t believe it’s over!!!! I’ll miss Harry, Ron & Hermione!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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twi-hard

Posted at 9:29 PM on July 14, 2011  

Oh, come on!! Once breaking dawn part 1 come out, they’re gonna break an international record then. Twilight will beat the crap out of harry potter. I mean, i love harry potter. Imma watch it tomorrow. But i still want twilight to be number one. :D

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Jane

Posted at 10:20 PM on July 14, 2011  

ITA. Watch out HP for come November, BD will break all records of all time.

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Megan

Posted at 12:16 AM on July 15, 2011  

Come on… twilight sucks.

” Harry Potter is 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.”

– Andrew Futral

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christin

Posted at 9:19 PM on July 15, 2011  

that’s not going to happen honey.maybe you can brag about the success of twilight domestically but internationally the movie is nothing comparing with franchises such as harry potter,pirates and lord of the rings.

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dizzy

Posted at 6:04 PM on July 20, 2011  

Sure, HP and Twilight may make similar numbers domestically, but internationally, HP makes a mockery out of Twilight. Deathly Hallows Part 2 had a foreign opening of $312 million, with a worldwide opening of $481 million. Two records set there already. The highest worldwide opening a Twilight movie has made was with $274 million (New Moon). Yeah, that’s a whole lot of money, but it pales in comparison to the openings of HP 6 and HP 7.2.

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Lola

Posted at 9:29 PM on July 14, 2011  

Why does it even matter, let’s just celebrate the joy that Harry Potter has brought us! That sounds so corny but seriously, Harry Potter took writing and movie making to a while ‘nother level. It’s been an awesome decade with the Harry Potter films and this is defiantly a bittersweet night.:)

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shania

Posted at 9:25 PM on July 14, 2011  

Watch when Breaking Dawn part 1 comes out we will be back on the records even higher so I have nothing to worry about.

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christin

Posted at 9:20 PM on July 15, 2011  

you have to worry about how smart you are because you are fool if you think that breaking dawn can give the title to twilight again

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Marie

Posted at 4:49 AM on July 22, 2011  

Who’s the fool spamming the page with crap about HP beating Twilight? You think you’re a better person if your movie beats another movie? No, just a sad little fangirl.

 
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Imperatrice

Posted at 9:00 PM on July 14, 2011  

haven’t seen it yet! still busy but definitely this weekend! anyway wait til breaking dawn comes out!

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christin

Posted at 4:38 AM on July 15, 2011  

yes will will laugh by twihards’ stupif efforts to beat the record.

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Anna

Posted at 6:59 AM on July 15, 2011  

haha true….hp fan till the end!! watched it yesterday as it was released earlier here and there’s NOTHING twilight can do to be a better movie…i mean, i’m a fan of both but mostly hp cause it’s been my whole childhood and apart from the message they’re sending hp is always the best..ron and hermione 4 ever!! the kiss in the chamber of secrets was awesome!!!!even if they show us the whole sex scene in Breaking Dawn part1- nothing can be compared to this finale of Hp!!!!!

 
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