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Harry Potter Makes $24 Million In Midnight Screenings Alone!

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We can't believe that it could make this much and not break any records!

The midnight showings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have allegedly pulled in $24 million for the 3,700 locations in North America!

Holy shiz, right?

However, it only comes in third for highest grossing midnight film premiere, because both Twilight sequels, New Moon and Eclipse, beat it out at their respective $26.2 and $30 million - the current record holder!


Whatevs! We maintain that quality always beats quantity!



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110 comments to “Harry Potter Makes $24 Million In Midnight Screenings Alone!”

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  1. 1

    I went to the midnight showing in my small town. 5 theaters sold out to over 800 people. i can't believe that twilight could ever beat Harry Potter. nothing against the vampires, but i've always liked wizards better. long live Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and the whole wizarding world!

  2. 2

    seriously.. when my nephew told me Twilight was better than Harry Potter i flipped out screaming "Harry Potter DOES SHIT"

  3. 3

    It proves how stupid people are now a days. First of all twilight makes no sense at all! Why would vampires go to High School. They are VAMPIRES, they can be traveling the world or destroying shit. Not only that, why would they keep going back year after year after year. Second, the only reason Edward likes Bella is because of her smell haha because, lets face it, Eor from whinny the pooh has more personality.

  4. 4

    I went to a midnight showing last night and was shocked to find the theater a lot less crowded than when i went to a midnight showing of Eclipse. However it was a school night unlike Eclipse which premiered during the summer!

  5. 5

    I went to a midnight showing and the movie was awesome. I really do hope that this movie beats the record for best weekend opening, since they came so close to doing so for Best Midnight showing. The final movie will be ah-mayyyzing!!

  6. 6

    I'm sure HP7 will break much more other records.Plus, since it made 24 million dollars in midnight screenings alone, think about how much it will make when it is out in theaters.I like Twilight, but the first Harry Potter movie is better than all the Twilight movies combined.

  7. 7

    ugh twilight sucks soo hard, they only watch for robert or taylor but honestly the story is boring, but OMG harry potter! is sooo great!

  8. 8

    The real midnight numbers will show for Part 2 It's in the summer and Us Harry Potter Fans will win in the end!!

  9. 9

    omg!!!!! there is something wrong when the epic hp7 movie has made less than twilight! ughhhhhh. i hope that the second part of hp7 will have more people attending… i went last night and it was BRILLIANT. im not a huge fan of the films but its harry potter, so obviously im not complaining… a true intellectual story with morals, unlike twilight, which promotes changing for your abusive vampire bf c:

  10. 10

    Midnight showing was sold out at my Imax 3 weeks ago so I went at noon today. LOVES. Can't wait for part 2 in June! It's going to be so amazing but heartbreaking to have it all end.

  11. 11

    went at midnight last night, it was fan-freakin-tastic, its such BuLL it didn't make more than Twilight. Potter fans have been around wayyyyy longer and not only are the books better but so are the movies, its just not fair cause Deathly Hallows wasn't released on a weekend so many people either work or go to school so its not even the same, Harry is on a whole other level than Twilight. In the end once part 2 comes out it'll be more than Breaking dawn it has no action in the end they leave in piece wtf is that???

  12. 12

    Twilight RULES!

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  14. 14

    Ha! Suck on that Potter fans! Edward and Jacob are bigger than some stupid Wizards !

  15. 15

    Well said Perez, "quality always beats quantity!" Eclipse (and I like the Twilight saga BOOKS, NOT the movies) sell more tickets for opening night because that movie came out during the summer. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow came out during a SCHOOL NIGHT. When it comes to movies, Twilight will NEVER be as good as Harry Potter (nor the books are as awesome). Plus I'm so sure Harry Potter it's going to beat ever record when the second part comes out. Everyone wants to know what happened to the "boy who lived"

  16. 16

    the only reason twilight has beaten harry potter is because both of their midnight showings were on days where there was not school the following day

  17. 17

    Harry has nothing on Edward.. come on.. he SPARKLES!! jk :P

    I way prefer Twilight over Harry Potter but those results are REALLY sad for Harry Potter fans because the Harry Series appeals to both men and women whereas Twilight has more of a female based fandamonium. It's surprising but I'm still glad that it has won out thus far.

    Annnnnnnnnnddd… Although Eclipse's midnight showing was in the summer, it was still on a weeknight. I saw New Moon on both the midnight showing and the official premiere but did not go to the Eclipse midnight showing because of my work schedule. New Moon, for that matter, also had its mightnight showings on a Thursday night, during the school semester, and still grossed more money on its midnight premiere. Sooooo… really, the Twilight Saga kicked butt for midnight openings, sorry Potterheads, Twihards got this.

  18. 18

    I think this is the best post Perez has ever done - Quality beats Quantity - Team Potter ALL the way! :D

  19. 19

    Am glad that you can finally admit twilight sucks!

  20. Demi says – reply to this


    That's bull it didnt break any records! Twilight sucks and was too cheesy and whiney to me. Harry Potter made kids WANT to read. Twilight just makes stupid teenage girls want to be bitten by a vampire.

  21. 21

    thank you for the last statement you said perez
    "We maintain that quality always beats quantity!"

  22. 22

    Am going to watch harry potter this week but I never do midnight showings.

  23. 23

    Twilight is 10x better than Harry Potter. Boo-hoo. HP premiered on a school night. If people really wanted to see the movie at midnight they would of.

  24. 24

    i think twilight does better because it appeals to tweens/teens and YA.. its newer and the movies come out faster so its consistent. HP has been around for 10 years a new movie is out every 2 yrs unlike twilight. The kids that watched the HP movies when they were kids are all adults now so maybe they are less likely to follow through with it?

    Regardless. I watch both and like both, but HP will always be my favorite, but that just preference. I first read the books when I was 9 and saw the movies when I turned 12 and I am in my twenties now. I grew up with it so I could never leave HP behind.

  25. 25

    Harry Potter is soo much better then Twilight

  26. 26

    Its extremely Hard to believe Twilight Beat Harry Potter but hey, as you said quality definatly beats quantity. I went to the midnight showing, and it was bloody brilliant. Then saw it again at noon.

  27. 27

    Yay! I can comment from my phone! Not a bad night at all and always quality over quantity!

  28. 28

    Harry Potter >>>>>> Twilight

  29. 29

    Twilight doesn't even come close to Harry Potter. I love the Harry Potter movies (and books!) because they're creative, original, adventurous, intense, and mysterious. The acting and scenery and effects are incredible too! "Twi-hards" (many of which are bandwagon fans anyway) went to gawk at Taylor Laughtner's abs. The only thing worst the the Twilight saga books are the movies: I fell asleep on every single one of them.

    Harry Potter >>>>>>> Twilight

  30. 30

    Twilight is so cliche, a high school chick falling in love with the "sensitive guy she can't be with" and in the end she gives up everything for him him in this great war for his love. It's like for chicks who have no boyfriends or who have never been asked out on a date and live vicariously through the books thinking an Edward will save them from social siberia.Books aren't that bad but the movies are HORRIBLE. Vampires have been done before-Ideas like Hogwarts, and Quidditch can never be replicated. So much thought went into the books and that's why the movies take forever to make because they have SUBSTANCE and serious actors who strive on perfection.

  31. 31

    Twilight beat Harry Potter because it's opening was in summer. Come on, HP is opening with $24 mil on a school night!! That's more than Twilight can ever do.

  32. 32

    Twilight sucks! Their not even real vampires they freakin sparkle for christs sake and dont they even have FANGS! what kind of vampire doesn't have fangs! a stupid sparkly one. Trueblood real vampires, even Vampire diaries real vampires….Twilight, nothing!. And Harry Potter can kick Edwards a$$. If you think just cause edward can run fast he'll be able to win, i don't think so. Harry can disappear in the blink of an eye, try to catch him cause you won't find him!

  33. 33

    Re: Ella-D – Go die Ella. If you honestly think Twilight is better than HP you have A: Never seen or read Harry Potter in your entire life, or B: Just fucking stupid. Anyone who says Twilight is better deserves to be sterilized. Sad but true. I mean Stephanie Meyer can NEVER live up to the writing skills of J.K Rowling. And believe it or not, the school night thing DOES actually play a big part in the numbers.

  34. 34

    To all the people who are saying twilight is better than Harry Potter are fucking crazy. Have you actually watched twilight? Well if you have then you would see the terrible acting and the HORRIBLE plot. The actors in Harry Potter are wonderful and WAY more believable kristen stewert who looks like a constipated bitch with no emotion and robert pattenson who constantly stumbles over his lines. Hopefully you all see the error to your ways and realize that Harry Potter is a million times better than twilight will ever be. And I find it hard to believe that Harry Potter didn’t do as well because at my theatre there were two 7:00 showings three midnight showings and they had to add a 3:00 showing because the others sold out.

    HARRY POTTER>>>>>>twilight

  35. 35

    I agree with most here Harry Potter is so much better than twilight.

  36. 36

    PART 2 is where it is!

  37. 37

    Re: this is it – yeah, but what about the quality? yes the twilight movies had come out faster, but have you seen a lot of changed in say acting skills, or better screen writting…harry potter on the other hand has been about making good movies no matter how much time it takes, you can see the improvement in the actors, the lines in the movies are much better, the effects each time blow your mind away…and when you think you have seen it all in the HP movies…BOOOM, there comes David Yate with something much better. By this don't think I'm a Twilight hater, I have read all Stephenie Meyers books, ( I'm just not a fan of the movies) I'm just being realistic. The Twilight movies sucks, 3 movies one more to go and you haven't seen much improvement.

  38. 38

    I don't bother with Twilight and I won't bother with this last Harry Potter… Turned the first Twilight movie off 20 minutes in and the last Harry Potter blew..
    LOVED Daniel Radcliffe in Extras, though ;)

  39. 39

    Re: mrsdestinyhope – You do realize that the numbers for Twilight are only bigger because they premiered in the summer, right? Parents aren't very likely to let a kid go to a midnight showing. And heck, most adults know better.

    And sorry, but a story about overcoming good at your own expense is a way better story than puppy love/first love/lust.

  40. 40

    where do you think rob pattinson got his career going ? OHH YES HP4 SUCK IT TWILIGHT! harry potter beats twilight in the ass.

  41. 41

    Re: Laura Hager – New Moon was also premiered on school night, and still got better numbers than HP7 so that is not a factor, but I agree with you on HP7 p2 numbers will fly as it will be on summer time AND is the LAST one…

  42. 42

    and i agree with you Perez, "quality always beats out quantity"

  43. 43

    Re: blahblah12 – Right on baby girl! I'm taking my 2 to see it.
    btw how are you?

  44. 44

    People seem to forget Edward was a part of Harry Potter! He was great in it.

  45. 45

    Just got home from the movie and i think this was the best HP by far! Twilight sucks in comparison to any of the HP movies!

  46. 46

    Man…Emma with long hair…those were the days…

  47. 47

    I work at a movie theatre and Harry Potter always does better. All the people who like twilight go to the midnight showing but after that its like a ghost town. For Harry Potter the midnight showing is sold out plus the theatre is packed for several weeks after. I have faith that Harry Potter will do way better in the box office than twilight.

  48. 48

    Re: tss1991 – Are you sure? I had to work the morning after it came out and I remember vividly a bunch of young girls rushing past me to get to their theatre. So either all of their parens are letting them skip school to see a stupid movie or it was during the summer.

  49. 49

    I agree with everyone comments about this. I also went to the midnight release, and I'll be going this weekend with my husband! Yes twilight was release in the summer, and if you all may remember this movie was actually SUPPOSE to release last June, same time as twilight. Lol I think they were smart to move it back to now, it may not have beaten in midnight sales, but I'll bet if the role were reverse and HP was released back in June and twilight was now they wouldn't have beaten 24mill, ill bet that come June there will be twice as many people at the next HP7 pt2 midnight release. I heard that twilight was going release theirs then too so I guess we will truly tell then.

    But I say Harry Potter all the way!!!! Being 27 now and having grown up with HP they will always win to me!

  50. 50

    Perez you couldn't have said it better!!
    Don't get me wrong I like twilight but I don't love the movies, whereas with HP I do love them and this movie is better than all the twilight movies combined.

  51. 51

    Re: Ella-D – lol if you truly believe that then it is so blatantly obvious that your standards for movies are incredibly low. Congratulations you have no idea what you're talking about.

  52. Lumie says – reply to this


    Oh my god, what's wrong with today's teenagers? TwiSHIT out-selling something as awesome as Harry Potter? That's just unbelievable.

  53. 53

    If Harry Potter can manage to beat Twilight's opening weekend sales that will be the real feat since Twilight opened on a Wednesday night to HP's Thursday night opening. Twilight had a whole extra day counting towards their opening weekend.

  54. 54

    Harry Potter is infinitely better than Twilight there is absolutely no comparison, and I say this as a fan of Twilight.

  55. 55

    Wait until the second part comes out. That'll probably break records left and right.

  56. 56

    Why does everyone try to pit HP and Twilight against each other? Rob Pattinson was in both films. There's no beef. It's like two different stories, like comparing apples to oranges.

  57. 57

    harry potter still has this huge amount of showing after over ten years of movies. there was even frickin news cameras outside my theatre when we got out!
    let's see if twilight manages to maintain that amount of hype ten years from now.

  58. 58

    Um. This movie was released on a school night. Don't you think that had something to do with it? The fact that the 3rd top grossing midnight release was a SCHOOL NIGHT amazes me.

  59. 59

    Re: vanessaaa – Exactly! AND FYI The movie is awesome!!! I loved every minute of it

  60. 60

    Twilight probably does better because they are not on episode 1500 like Harry Potter. Shouldn't HP and the gang have graduated college and be middle aged and depressed by now? The whole Harry Potter series was played out by movie 4 imo.

  61. 61

    Hahaha so true. Twilight might have broken records but the movies kinda suck compared to the book. Potter books are also better, but each movie it get's better and they look mighty freaking good!

  62. 62

    think about this… the only reason Twilight is making two movies out of their last book is because harry potter is doing it! the fact is, harry potter isnt doing it because they are trying to capitalize on it, which they will, but they need to! its impossible to fit the last book into a good movie, they would have had to cut alot out! but twilight, the last book isnt that big, the whole two movies are going to be oh i love you, no i love you, no i love you, bite me! FUCK THAT i hate twilight i cant wait until a vampire slayer fucks them all! where's buffy when we need her?!

  63. 63

    Amen, Perez! Quality over quantity!

  64. 64

    I tried to watch the first Twilight and had to shut it off after the first 20 mins…the worst acting and story ever, PURE GARBAGE!! Harry Potter is actually intelligent, a class act kind of story, emphasized by great plots and wonderful actors. GO HARRY!

  65. 65

    Lol "Quality always beats Quanity" best quote from Perez.
    Lets see Twilight open on a Wednesday night and make as much as Harry Potter did!
    Also to all the twi-hards Robert Pattison was the Cedric Diggory first and he will never be Robert Pattison to me he will always be Cedric Diggory! Even he admitted Harry Potter was better!
    I'm actually going to cry when the last movie comes out :'( I've been watching these movies since I was like 7 and I'm now 15.
    I watch Twilight but Harry Potter always wins!

  66. 66

    Different fan bases/age groups. I just want to know where David Yates found the fan fiction writer who came up with the nude scene? Are you kidding me?????

  67. 67

    Re: mrsdestinyhope – please go bury yourself in a dumpster.
    thanks, a devoted hp fan

  68. 68

    oh stop being bitter dumb asses, you nerds. This is exactly what the studios want from you sheep-to try to cause a competition between both fans to make your dumb asses go to a midnight showing to win over the other fans. Fucking idiots, I swear on both sides of the fandoms, why don't you just give the studios the your first born while you're at it in the name of Harry and Edward.

  69. 69

    suckers-you realize that Warner Brothers has been pushing harry potter vs. twilight in their marketing campaign to get potterheads into a frenzy so that you guys go to midnight showings en masse right? This was pushed because of how Twilight has been performing with midnight showings, an dnow you guys are following suit like dumb asses. You are twiharding your potterheads, and that's hialrious, and you just got duped into doing warner brother's bidding. Google up anything about the marketing behind this current harry potter and how they played off twilight hatred-you've been had. LOL

  70. 70

    I saw Deathly Hallows last night and it was AMAZING. I don't care about seeing twilight on opening night…or opening week, but for Harry Potter…I HAVE to buy my tickets at least three weeks in advance and must get to the theater an hour early and I MUST MUST MUST represent my slytherin pride and wear my house colors. Harry Potter is the one thing I go apeshit nerdy over. Twilight can not compare to Harry Potter.

  71. 71

    DEATHLY HALLOWS >>>>>>>>>>>>> Breaking Dawn.

  72. 72

    why are you potterheads competing with twihards to show you have just as little a life as they do? Midnight showings are for 12 year olds with no school the next day, if you're an adult you should be embarrassed of yourself. You hear yourselves, so proud that you herded yourselves into midnight showings to help that poor Potter franchise from financial ruin….hahaha Idiots.

  73. 73

    harry potter fans are being lame. I'd say the majority of twihards are potterheads too, and would admit HP is a better series. You don't see all this hate for HP with them as twihard fans, but HP fans take it so personally. This whole idea of a competition is fabricated by the media and marketing and you are all buying into it.

  74. 74

    who the fuck admits to going to a midnight showing of either twilight or harry potter? why don't you just stamp "I don't have sex" on your forehead whlie you're at it?

  75. 75

    I went to the midnight showing and there were over like a thousand people coming and every thearter was sold out. I was chocked to hear that Twilight did better and Im pretty mad about it too. Watch out twilight for Harry Potter part 2…

  76. 76

    HP is third, New Moon is second from a november opening, and Eclipse is first with a summer opening.

  77. 77

    so what I'm gathering is all of you went to a midnight showing NOT to see harry potter, but to piss off Edward Cullen, cause none of you are even talking about Harry, you're talkinga bout Edward. LOL That's fucking rich, going to a theater at midnight to get back at a fictional character.

  78. 78

    Warner Brothers is laughing their asses off at your sorry asses right now, all the way to the bank.

  79. 79

    Re: CaCaCarKeys – yeah, warner brothers would NEVER want to capitalize on one of the biggest money making franchises ever. And Santa Claus is real, honey.

  80. 80

    I really dont understand why people like Twillight?! Good eye candy I guess…. TEAM POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. 81

    hahahaha!! I can't believe people are arguing over twilight vs. hp they are both childish movies and I don't see the hype about either of them…but the sterotypical HP/TL fan really fits perfectly lol its sad but funny. Some people at my work took the following day off work because they went to the midnight showing of HP. How pathethic. 24 million dollars down the drain..what a waste of life.

  82. 82

    Re: Paris France – They are gonna love it, i know i did. Im great, nice hearing from you.

  83. 83

    I love harry potter! (not the dude but the books and the movies) and everyone with some bit of intelligence would agree that HP 1-7 is wayyy better than any twilight book.

  84. 84

    Re: eanthony55 – U got that right!!!!

  85. 85

    You guys are proud that you out twiharded twihards? Wtf

  86. 86

    Re: caliluvin – True, true. this is trekkie and star wars nerd battles for girls apparently. they get back at eachother's fanbases by making studios richer and going to movies at midnight for wizards and vampires in lieu of meeting human boys.

  87. 87

    Why are harry potter fans copying twihards with the midnight showings? you guys didn't pull this shit beofre twilight started doing it. that's fucking embarrassing of you all. lol

  88. 88

    I love harry potter AND twilight. And I go and see the movies on my own time, I'm not going to have some fake competition between nerd fans or greedy studios push me into seeing ANYTHING at midnight. Like it's not enough you're giving your hard earned money to these franchises, you actually go along with the dumb idea of staying up late and missing work or school on top of it? Please, stop drinking the consumer kool aid people.

  89. 89

    I took my 9 year old..she adored it, and so did I. Amazing!!!

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  91. 91

    BigMacn': You do know that Twilight is not the first movie that had done midnight showings do you ??? Midnight showings have been around ever since the 1930's.Hears a famous one "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Have you ever heard of that ?? ,doubt it , afterall you are stupid enough to think Harry Potter fans would be copying Twilight.Go back to obsessing over Jacobs abs you imature asshole.Harry Potter books are more succesful than Twilight books , and same goes with the Harry Potter movies, theres no reason to want to copy Twilight,clearly you don't know shit,and thats embarassing.

  92. 92

    I LOVE HARRY POTTER! :D … haven't seen a single twilight movie yet, but maybe later. I think Dan is hot, but I also come for the amazing storyline and cast. The books are my all-time favorite series ever. It's literally magical and JK is an effing genius. HOWEVER, I did not go to the midnight showing, I wanted to, but the usual schoolwork and whatnot (not that it mattered since I studied the morning of and luckily aced it). So I'm betting the numbers weren't as high because it was still a school night and people predicted sold-out tix and will wait for next weekend. Great to have a midterm after this weekend, so I guess next weekend will do after some great food and massive shopping (not that I even go to wait for black friday deals). I won't judge Twilight until I see or read it, but can it be possibly better than Harry Potter, I'm thinking HELL NO. sure you got two hot guys in there, but that's just superficial, it'll soon meet it's end when I realize how superficial the storyline is.

  93. 93

    blahblahblah-of course there have always been midnight showings. The difference is twilight was teh first to organize in terms of getting records numbers, and now harry potterheads are following suit like sheep. potter fans weren't worrying about dumb shit like that until twilight started breaking records, and all you have to do is read this thread to see so many did it to one up another franchise which is retarded.

  94. 94

    For those using the excuse it was during the school week should stop. I went to the midnight premiere and there were more teens than adults. There were people as young as 12 there.

  95. 95

    Re: CaCaCarKeys – I've read both HP and Breaking Dawn (and the entire Twilight saga) and Deathly Hallows NEEDED to have to movies becuase there's just to much in the book to be made in 2 hours…but Breaking Dawn (which is actully my fav book in that series) don't have much material for two movies…its going to be lame.

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  97. 97

    It does not matter how much it makes in the middle of the night. It only matters what it makes by the end of its run and we know Harry Potter movies make more money then the Twilight movies in the long run. They are also much better movies, in terms of story, acting and overall quality.

  98. 98

    Harry wins; just on principal.

  99. 99

    Re: blahblah12 – Thanks! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  100. 100

    I LOVE HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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