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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 grossed a huge $43.5 million last night during midnight showings in 3,800 locations, shattering the midnight box office record previously held by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which earned just over $30 million from midnight shows in 2010.

The final picture in the magical franchise topped all other Harry Potter movies’ midnight grosses. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 earned $24 million at midnight last year, while Half-Blood Prince pulled in $22.2 million. Part 2 also more-than-tripled the $12 million that Order of the Phoenix earned at midnight, and earned almost seven times as much as Goblet of Fire, which grossed $6.3 million at midnight.

Perhaps most notably, Deathly Hallows — Part 2‘s $43.5 million midnight figure trounces The Dark Knight‘s $18.5 million midnight grosses. As you probably know, the Batman flick currently holds the record for the highest opening weekend with $158 million, and if there’s any movie that’s going to be able to steal that title, it’s Deathly Hallows — Part 2. My colleague John Young doesn’t think Harry Potter will be able to reach those heights, but its strong midnight debut certainly makes that possibility a whole lot more likely!

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