Money Matters - Simplified

'Potter' conjures $24M at midnight shows

Los Angeles -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," the seventh installment in the fantasy film franchise, earned $24 million in North American midnight screenings.

The figure represents the box-office take at 3,700 theaters in the United States and Canada for midnight Thursday showings, The Hollywood Reporter said.

It falls short of the $30 million record "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" set for its midnight-screening haul June 30.

The final "Potter" film is to open in July.

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