'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' racks up Friday sell-outs
In less than 24 hours, advanced ticket sales for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ jumped $7 million for a total $32 million in early domestic grosses.“Part 2″ had collected $25 million, most of which comes from midnight sales, by Tuesday afternoon. Now, the film’s tally marks a new pre-opening record, with many midnight and opening day showtimes already sold out across the country. Warner Bros. is releasing the film Friday on more than 11,000 Stateside screens in 4,375 locations — the franchise’s widest launch — with more than 3,800 midnight locations. Pic also bows at a record-setting Imax run, with approximately 425 worldwide locations, including 274 in the U.S. “We appreciate the loyalty of ‘Harry Potter’ fans and understand that they have been waiting 10 years for this moment,” said Warners domestic distribution prexy Dan Fellman. “We can’t wait to show them the movie, which we believe delivers on every level, so we are putting the film out on as many screens as possible in an effort to satisfy demand from coast to coast.” “Part 2″ marks the first 3D installment for the “Potter” franchise, which has become the industry’s highest-grossing franchise ever with more than $6.4 billion in global B.O. receipts. The film will bow at more than 3,000 domestic 3D locations. Overseas, “Part 2″ launches today in Australia, Italy, Russia and France. Pic bows Thursday in Germany and South Korea, followed by day-and-date releases with the U.S. in territories including Spain, Japan, Brazil, Mexico and the U.K. China won’t release the film until August 4.
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