THE release of Harry Potter's final film adventure has become the most lucrative day in Hollywood's history.
The cinematic conclusion of the epic tale bolted to a big start at worldwide box offices, breaking the record for midnight screenings in the US and Canada and setting the stage for a massive weekend debut.
Globally, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 had sold €58.3m in tickets since last Wednesday, when it opened in dozens of countries, distributor Warner Bros said last Friday.
In the US, box-office watchers predict domestic sales for the three-day weekend will break the €100m mark, but with the midnight record that range could be low.
Even if the box office total hits that forecast, it would be the highest-grossing Harry Potter debut and would put the movie within striking distance of the biggest opening weekend ever.
That record belongs to 2008 Batman movie, The Dark Knight, which collected €112m in its initial three days.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the eighth and final movie in the Harry Potter franchise and the first in 3D. It is also showing on large-format IMAX screens.
The earlier films have generated more than €4.5bn in ticket sales since the first movie a decade ago, plus billions more from DVDs and merchandise. The movies are based on novels by Scottish author JK Rowling.
Many early screenings of the latest movie were sold out before it opened.