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Harry Potter Falls Short of Twilight's Midnight Record

Harry Potter Falls Short of Twilight's Midnight Record

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 brought in $24 million domestically from its midnight showings, which falls short of the midnight grosses for both The Twilight Saga‘s New Moon and Eclipse.

According to Deadline, Deathly Hallows has set the third highest midnight gross of any movie ever and also the highest for a Harry Potter movie.

Eclipse set the record earlier this year with $30 million at midnight, which broke the previous Twilight film New Moon‘s record of $26.3 million.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince brought in $22 million at midnight in 2009.

Warner Bros. is expecting that Deathly Hallows – Part 1 could open to a massive $135 million this weekend, which would shatter the opening weekend record for a Potter film!

DID YOU SEE Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 yet?

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96 Responses to “Harry Potter Falls Short of Twilight's Midnight Record”

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  1. 1
    mark Says:

    Harry Potter is awesome, twilight is crap. f*ck records!

  2. 2
    emmas Says:

    Team Twilight! loved the HP movie though, I thought it was the best HP movie by far.. still, a die-hard twilight fan.

  3. 3
    second that Says:

    i saw the film, it was brilliant. as for twilight, sorry but that doesn’t even come close

  4. 4
    alauren Says:


  5. 5
    Tia Says:

    Ugh that SUCKS that it didnt surpass Twilgith considering the quality of films doesnt even compare. Those kids in Harry Potter have turned into amazing actors.

  6. 6
    MAry Says:

    i love twilight! it’s great and i’m happy it had that record!

  7. 7
    gaeljet Says:

    @second that:
    (obviously :) and i m not even a fan of HP ;))

  8. 8
    Sue Says:

    Umm think of the Simpsons when you here me say this….

    “HA HA”

  9. 9
    Lisa Says:


  10. 10
    The Truth Says:

    HP and the Twilight Saga aren’t comparable!!! TS doesn’t deserve too be mentioned along HP, it’s waaaaaaay out of HP’s league! It’s just….so…..wrong!!

  11. 11
    M Says:

    well, that’s because unlike Twihards Harry Potter fans have retained the remains of their sanity

  12. 12
    s Says:

    um Twihards probably fall asleep cause the movies are soooo boring but Harry potter fans actually want to watch and comprehend the story …plus HP fans are still sain!

  13. 13
    sheabne Says:

    harrry potter is too big of a deal that everyone thought the movie theatre will be pack n no one cud get in jusy see the last release of the book peopple were lining up for hours….

  14. 14
    toni Says:

    So just because they didn’t break the midnight record means nothing. They’re still gonna do well and break more records. At least they will have the record for the highest grossing franchise. Twilight fans show up for first week, but potter fans stay past the first week which is why at the end Harry Potter always out gross Twilight every year even though Twilight has the most hype and the midnight records.

  15. 15
    e Says:

    Maybe you should mention that this was only in the US, I’m curies to see what this movie will play in across the globe, because HP while popular in the US, it’s not the most popular film franchise there, it is always more popular in other countries. Oh well, I still think it was great, I saw the movie this past wednesday and it was just amazing, it really was epic and those 2+ hours just flew by and every minute of it was great, unlike the Twilight film which more than once made my mind wander to other things when minutes went by when nothing happened. No, HP is and always will be better than Twilight, I read a blog entry of sort over at popeater and I really liked one thing she wrote, that Twilight is loved by especially girls that like the idea of having guys do the fighting for them, while HP fans (mostly girls/women) like HP because they have characters like Hermione, Ginny and Luna that encourage girls to not be afraid to go up and fight alongside the guys, so take that and think of what kind of girl you want to be, the warrior or the constant damsel in distress.

  16. 16
    Marieme Says:

    Yates sucks! Newell & Cuaron were the best directors of Harry Potter films. Can’t believe this guys has made millions dumbing down this franchise.

  17. 17
    Chrissy Says:

    AHA hahahahahahaha Eat that Twilight bashers/HP fans.

  18. 18
    Rainy Says:

    I saw the Harry Potter film earlier and it was amazing. It was incomparable. The books are obviously better but the movie put mainly everything into it. I actually cried when Dobby died.
    Twilight’s just a teenage story with little meaning or intellect therefore it’ll reach out to more of the movie-going audience (teenagers).
    Harry Potter will still end up setting records though.
    The last film will be crazy.

  19. 19
    aara Says:

    Whatever, Pt is going to break those records! Anyway loved Pt. 1 and I agree HP and Twilight are incomparable. Not only the HP books are superior, full of charm and great characters, but also the movies stand on their own with their amazing production values, artistry and amazing cast.

  20. 20
    natalie Says:

    it really sucks that nowadays its not enough for a movie to be well made or truly delightful, but it must also ‘set records’. stupid.

  21. 21
    Kirreii Says:

    I agree with everyone: why is HP and Twilight even being compared? The Harry Potter franchise has remained extremely popular over the last ten years, its cast is amazing and have really great acting skills, the concept and plot are exciting and unpredictable, and the films are beautifully filmed with great care to detail. Meanwhile…Twilight has no substance whatsoever, the acting is crap, the storyline is highly predictable and full of awkward moments and the movie itself is clearly cheaply made and some scenes are not even realistic (like when Bella gets a paper cut, there’s is like a pool of blood on the floor…wtf?).

  22. 22
    Celia Says:

    So? What does twilight have to do with anything?

    This movie was AMAZING!!! OMG!! I was hooked from beginning to end!! I can’t even choose a favorite scene, because it all SO GOOD!! The acting was brilliant and I was especially impressed by Emma Watson. WOW! That girl has got skills!

  23. 23
    Celia Says:


    The midnight release doesn’t matter…because the HP films always make more money overall. The lowest grossing Harry Potter film has still made more than the highest grossing twilight film. So yeah…who cares what they make at midnight.

  24. 24
    higwarts13 Says:

    I am more of an HP fan but I still do love the Twilight!
    I’m expecting DH to have big numbers for the opening weekend.

    Let’s keep in mind that Eclipse was a summer release and there was no school the next day! Also another reason New Moon had bigger numbers is because some of the midnight shows were at 10 pm and not midnight…
    I’m expecting DH part 2 to have a the biggest midnight numbers since it will be in summer!

    And I really hate the comparison of the two…. you cannot compare them! But this news is just comparing midnight numbers so i’m not talking about that, just when people compare which book/ movie is better… argh!

  25. 25
    jaye Says:

    ‘m surprised people are still interested in this series. Ten years and the d*amn thing still isn’t over. The first two were good, after that, for me, it was down hill. I’ve seen the first five, but frankly, I’m done with it. I don’t care who gets killed, when or how.
    Who cares about breaking records, none of that money is going into anyone’s pocket here. The actors have made their money and are living well with it. I congratulate them, but they are probably happy to see the end of the series. Well, Radcliffe already has said that; he doesn’t want to see anymore HP books because he doesn’t want to do the part anymore. As interesting as it was for their fans, they probably were bored to death doing the same part for 10 years.
    As for the kids in HP being great actors, based on what? They should be good in HP since that’s what they’ve been doing for 10 years, if they weren’t THAT would be something to talk about. They’re good, as anyone doing the same thing over and over should be, but they haven’t done anything to be elevated to greatness yet.
    There can’t be any comparison to Twilight, I don’t know why some of you persist in doing that. It’s an entirely different type of movie in content, look and feel. I agree that the Potter books are much better written, but it’s silly to compare them. People arguing about which franchise is better is silly. Most of you haven’t seen the movies or read the books in BOTH franchises, so your ability to compare the movies is suspect. If you like Twilight, good for you. If you like HP, good for you too. You’re not better or smarter than someone else for liking one or the other.
    Oh, I’m sure most people would like it if those of you who have seen the movie will reframe from giving SPOILERS. At least give them the opportunity to see the movie for themselves.

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