Harry Potter fans came out in droves for the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The film, which marks the beginning of the end, is Part I of the final chapter in the Potter story. Early estimates have already come in regarding how much money the film made last night, and we’re hearing a healthy $24 million.

The Deathly Hallows opened in a reported 3,700 theaters across the country that were offering midnight screenings. Most of those venues had already sold out their tickets weeks in advance of the release. With that type of dedication you’d think that Potter’s fans would have been able to take down those damn vampires from Twilight, but unfortunately they didn’t.

The $24 million is a record setting number for the Potter series but it falls short of the midnight opening of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which raked in $30 million at midnight this time last year. We don’t doubt the dedication of Potter fans vs Twilight fans because of these numbers. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. Potter is about magic and good versus evil, and at the center of Twilight there’s a romance story.

We’re sure when The Deathly Hallows:Part II hits theaters all bets will be off.

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Did you see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows during a midnight show last night?

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