By Anthony D'Alessandro | Thompson on Hollywood July 15, 2011 at 8:27AM
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 charted a record midnight domestic estimate of $43.5 million from 3,800 sites, unseating previous champ The Twilight Saga: Eclipse which had earned $30 million in the slot, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.
Bowing abroad on Wednesday in 26 countries, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 collected $43.6 million from 24 countries, Today, stateside, the film unspools in 4,300 venues--70% (or 3,000) of which are 3-D. Of these, 275 are IMAX hubs. While earlier projections saw Deathly Hallows: Part 2 becoming the third-highest weekend opener of all-time, the town is now predicting that the film will kick The Dark Knight's all-time Friday-Sunday record of $158.4 million in the pants.
Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is also set to topple the all-time $260-million international weekend opening bow set by Pirates 4. Though it took Transformers: Dark of the Moon a week to take in a massive $401 million, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 does have a shot at beating that record in fewer days. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the former foreign champ to Pirates 4, made $236 million in 54 markets over the July 15-19, 2009 period. While the typical domestic opening for a film is weighed at three days from Friday-Sunday, that weight is five-days abroad, spanning Wednesday-Sunday (France opens its releases in the middle of the week).
Together with its five-day domestic coin of $158 million, Half Blood Prince was the top global earner prior to Transformers 3 at $394 million. If Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is going to match the five-day opening of Half-Blood Prince in three-days stateside, and rival the $260 million Pirates 4 record, it will amass north of $418 million, easily beating Transformers 3 in less time. What's keeping all of these summer blockbusters alive this season? 3-D.