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.Theaters have already reported $25 million in ticket sales for midnight runs of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and it’s not even noon yet on the West Coast.
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 in midnight runs.
All told, Deathly Hallows 2 will be playing in 3,800 theaters when opening at 12:01 a.m. Friday in North America. The $25 million was reported by only a fraction, or 1,400 theaters.
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, The Dark Knight.
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.
(SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER)