"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is breaking records before it even hits theaters, and we have to admit that we're not really all that surprised. According to what Warner Bros. told Deadline, "Deathly Hallows" is going to be screened at 3,700 locations for its midnight release alone. But that's nothing compared to Friday, where the film is going to be shown at 4,125 theaters and on over 9,000 screens... not counting IMAX. Okay, so that's a bit intense.
If you've waited until this week to buy your midnight release ticket, you've probably discovered to your dismay that pretty much all the showings have been sold out. And, if you were hoping to see the film in IMAX this weekend, you're definitely screwed, because almost all the record-breaking 239 IMAX screens are already sold out for the weekend. To compare, "Half-Blood Prince" only played on 166 IMAX screens.
So, with a day until the film comes out (or 10 hours, if you're doing a midnight screening like I am), just how much has Warner Bros. already made in ticket sales? $25 million, another new record.
"This may end up being the biggest 'Harry Potter' blockbuster yet," Fandango spokesperson Harry Medved told MTV News. "Our advance ticket sales for 'Part 1' are currently outpacing our pre-release sales for the previous 'Potter' movies. We've already sold out more than 2,500 showtimes in advance of Thursday's opening, and the movie is currently 96 percent of all of our daily ticket sales."
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" still holds the record for largest domestic gross of the series with $317 million, and "Half-Blood Prince" is a close second with $301 million. "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" definitely looks like it's shaping up to cross the $317 million mark, especially with all this hype. Only time will tell, but it would be fitting for the last two "Potter" films to out-gross the rest.
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