Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the eighth and final film in the Warner Bros. (NYSE:TWX) franchise, was released today, with 12:01 a.m. showings around the country grossing $43.5 million in ticket sales, the best midnight opening box office in history. The film takes the title from Summit Entertainment‘s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, another book series turned movie franchise, which brought in $30 million in midnight shows last summer.
Worldwide, Deathly Hallows 2 has grossed upwards of $100 million, and is on course to beat box office records, both in domestic and foreign sales. The film made its international debut on Wednesday, earning $43.6 million in 26 countries on opening day. In the U.S., Deathly Hallows 2 played in 3,800 midnight runs Friday, and is currently playing 4,300 theaters, including 3,000 3D runs. Deathly Hallows 2 was the first film in the franchise to be offered in 3D, and according to Warner Bros., every single 3D midnight run in the country was sold out despite the general downturn in 3D (NYSE:RLD) attendance in the U.S.