July 15th, 2011
02:37 PM ET
It's been out only a few hours and already “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is breaking records.
Warner Bros. Pictures announced that the final film in the "Potter" franchise "smashed the domestic box office record for a midnight opening, taking in a phenomenal $43.5 million."
Having already raked in $25 million domestically before even opening, the movie also broke the midnight opening record for IMAX theaters, grossing $2 million on a record number of IMAX screens.
"What an incredible beginning for the movie that ends it all," said Dan Fellman, president of Warner Bros. Pictures Domestic Distribution. "The filmmakers and cast crafted a wonderful and fitting finale for this extraordinary franchise, and the response of the fans has been extremely gratifying."
Huge crowds gathered for the initial showings with some dressing up as their favorite character. The film is the first to be filmed in 3-D, and in honor of that some lucky fans attending midnight 3-D screenings received commemorative "Harry Potter 3-D" glasses to keep as a souvenir.
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