Potter Pulls in Record $22.2M

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2009 8:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – Young readers of Harry Potter are all grown up now and able to attend late showings: The Half-Blood Prince set a box office record for a midnight opening by pulling in $22.2 million, reports Variety. The haul is bigger than expected and beats the record of $18 million set last year by the Dark Knight. The sixth installment in the Potter series opened at 12:01am in 3,003 theaters across the US.