Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has set a new U.S. box office record after raking in $43.5 million dollars from midnight screenings alone.
The final movie in the popular boy wizard franchise was released across America at midnight on Friday and ticket sales for the first showings of the film soared way past the $30 millionrecord held by last summer's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
Warner Bros. studio bosses are also bracing for a big showing this weekend – industry insiders predict the new Potter film could also surpass the U.S. opening weekend record of $158 million, which is currently held by the 2008 release The Dark Knight.
The spellbinding movie is already working its magic around the world – it took in a bumper $43.6 million in 26 territories in just 24 hours upon its release at midnight on Thursday.
We headed to the Americana last night to talk to fans waiting for the midnight premiere. Check it out below as well as our interviews with Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton and more from the NYC premiere.
Did you see the movie at midnight? What did you think? Do you plan on seeing it?
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Cambio at the NYC Red Carpet Premiere