'Sex' sequel nabs $3 mil in midnight coin

Pic made 20% more than first film's 12:01 a.m. tally

Warner Bros.' "Sex and the City 2" got off to a hot start Thursday, ringing up $3 million from about 2,000 12:01 a.m. performances.

That gave the franchise sequel about 20% more witching-hour coin than the first big screen adaptation of the one-time cable TV series.

"Sex and the City" hit theaters the Friday of Memorial Day weekend in 2008, fetching $62.6 million in its first four days -- $57 million of it coming Friday-Sunday -- and $152.6 million overall domestically.

Returning cast for the R-rated sequel include Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis, with Michael Patrick King again directing.

"S&C2" is expected to register $60 million-plus through Monday. On Wednesday, Warners estimated the New Line-produced pic already had rung up more than $2 million in advance ticket sales.