Box Office Report: Midnight Shows of 'Harry Potter' Already at $25 Million in North America

12:28 PM PST 07/14/2011 by Pamela McClintock
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Opening at 12:01 a.m. Friday in 3,800 theaters across the U.S. and Canada, the franchise finale has already earned a record-breaking $43.6 million overseas.

Before noon on the West Coast, theaters already had reported $25 million in ticket sales for midnight runs of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

That puts the movie safely on course to become the top midnight grosser of all time, surpassing the $30 million earned by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

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All told, Deathly Hallows 2 will play in 3,800 theaters at 12:01 a.m. Friday in North America. The $25 million was reported by only 1,400 of those venues.

There’s growing consensus that Deathly Hallows 2 has a strong shot at scoring the top weekend opening of all time at the domestic box office, besting the $158.4 million nabbed by another Warner Bros. pic, 2008's The Dark Knight.

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Overseas, the final title in history’s most lucrative film franchise is already smashing records, grossing an unprecedented $43.6 million on Wednesday as it rolled out in 26 markets, including France, Australia, Italy and Russia.

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