LOS ANGELES ~ The sixth Harry Potter film raked in a staggering US$22.2 million in its midnight premiere on Wednesday, making box office magic with the biggest such gross of all time, Variety reported.
“In a massive start… Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince easily scored the biggest midnight gross of all-time in earning $22.2 million as it debuted in 3,003 runs at 12:01am Wednesday,” Variety reported.
The figure smashed a record of $18 million set last year by the The Dark Knight, the latest instalment in the Batman series and $17 million by the film Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, from the Star Wars series.
Late last month, Paramount’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, celebrated a midnight opening that brought in $16 million, and topped its $200-million budget on its first five days out in the United States and Canada alone.
The film opens this week in major markets around the world.
While J. K. Rowling’s popular Potter series may be over on the literary front, there is more in store on the big screen.
The seventh Potter book is to be made into two separate films, due for release in 2010 and 2011.