This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Harry Potter Fans are Rabid, Break Box Office Records
After die-hard fans in Southern California camped out for days, the final "Harry Potter" movie did not disappoint studio executives, reports Forbes. Grossing $43.5 million, the film became the highest-earning midnight debut ever. Wizards beat vampires in the epic showdown, with "Harry Potter" out-grossing "Twilight"'s midnight debut by over $13 million.
Since the film's release, sales have continued to soar: Reuters notes that international box office sales hit $82.5 million in two days, and that estimates put global sales so far at $126 million.
The movie with the highest gross during its opening weekend is currently "The Dark Knight," the 2008 Batman movie that earned $158.4 million during its first three days of showing.