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Half-Blood Prince Earns $22.2M in Midnight Showings

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE is already on its way to a massive opening with a record $22.2 million earned in midnight screenings at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, reports VARIETY.

Warner Bros. earned $18 million in similar screenings last year with THE DARK KNIGHT and the other top finisher, Fox's STAR WARS: EPISODE III -- REVENGE OF THE SITH with $17 million.

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, the last film in theaters, opened with a $12 million midnight run on a Wednesday opening in 2007, on its way to a $139.7 million five-day debut.

A few weeks ago, Paramount's TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN opened on a Wednesday to $16 million in midnight money.