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'Harry Potter': 3-D and IMAX debuts set records

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Now there’s no excuse for Muggles to not see the final Harry Potter movie. Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part 2 will debut Friday on more than 11,000 screens at 4,375 locations. Both of those figures are records for the Potter series, and the location count represents the third-widest opening ever, behind only The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Iron Man 2. Of those 4,375 theaters, more than 3,000 will show Deathly Hallows in 3-D — the biggest 3-D rollout ever. And IMAX will play the film in a record 275 theaters domestically.

The wizarding movie has some other pre-release milestones up its sleeves, too. On Tuesday, Warner Bros. revealed that Deathly Hallows had already accumulated $25 million in advance ticket sales. That number has since grown to more than $32 million — a new pre-opening record. Also, both Fandango and MovieTickets.com are reporting that the picture has already sold a greater number of tickets than any other film released this year, with Fandango adding that more than 5,000 showtimes have sold out so far. In other words, if you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, you better find a Time-Turner pronto.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 opens early Friday morning with midnight screenings at more than 3,800 theaters. The film will be targeting a trio of box-office records: largest midnight debut (currently The Twilight Saga: Eclipse with $30 million), opening day (The Twilight Saga: New Moon with $72.7 million), and opening weekend (The Dark Knight with $158.4 million). Check back with EW.com throughout the weekend for more box-office updates.

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