In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, from left, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe are shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jaap Buitendijk)http://news.yahoo.com/final-potter-sets-midnight-box-office-record-171224251.html

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harry Potter still has that magic touch — even before dawn.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the final film in the successful Warner Bros. boy wizard franchise, conjured up $43.5 million from midnight shows Friday, according to studio estimates.

“Part 2” beat the previous midnight record set last summer by “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which earned around $30 million for its midnight screenings. It also smashed the midnight opening record for IMAX theaters, making $2 million at 274 theaters with IMAX screens

With the addition of 3-D, “Part 2” could end the franchise’s spellbinding 10-year story with a total weekend debut approaching $150 million, according to Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. That would surpass the $125 million opening last November of the first “Deathly Hallows” installment.

The current debut weekend record is $158 million set by “The Dark Knight” in 2008.

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