‘Twilight’ Still Beats ‘Potter’ in Midnight Screenings
This is a story that makes a fangirl feel good. Â Twilight Saga New Moon and Eclipse still both beat out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 in midnight sales!
According to Market Watch:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I made $24 million in its debut during the wee hours Friday, enough to pull into third place among films with midnight screenings, according to figures from box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
Deathly Hallows fell behind two films in the Twilight series. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse still is tops with its $30 million-plus debut earlier this year on June 30. And The Twilight Saga: New Moon comes in second at $26.3 million for its Nov. 20, 2009 midnight release.
Now for a couple of theories on why. Twilight Lexicon thinks:
In fairness to the Potter chain, Eclipse opened at roughly 4,400 theaters opening day while Potter opened at roughly 4,100. (Stats via Box Office Mojo).
That statistic aside, perhaps at seven movies people sit back and wait to see a movie like that right away. Â The Harry Potter audience has grown up and has jobs and things to do other than a midnight screening. Â The box office for the weekend will be phenomenal and Potter will break records this weekend, there’s no doubt about that. Â It just takes a lot for some people to come to a midnight screening anymore. Â What do you think?
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