Even though Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was already breaking records before it even began playing in theaters (it broke Fandango's advance midnight ticket record with over 6,000 sold out shows), the first official record was midnight box office grosses ... and, well, Mr. Potter slam-dunked that sucker. The previous champ was The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which took in $30 million in midnight screenings. Deathly Hallows: Part 1 came close to topping that with $24 million, but it looks like the addition of 3D for this final installment helped propel it to even greater heights -- with Deathly Hallows: Part 2 raking in a whopping $43.5 million in midnight screenings at 3,800 locations.
Now, as it gets ready to go into its opening weekend, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will look to top The Dark Knight's current all-time weekend tally of $154 million. To put things in perspective, The Dark Knight only took in $18.5 million in midnight showings, so as of now Potter is definitely on pace to beat Batman. Sure, it's winning these records will most likely be chalked up to 3D and the higher ticket prices, but in Hollywood every dollar counts, and at the end of this weekend we should expect Harry Potter to walk away from theaters a very rich wizard.