There was never much doubt that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 would be big at the box office, it’s only been a question of how good. Here’s a clue: So good that it won’t open till Friday, and the movie has already made $25 million.

That $25 million earned comes entirely from advance ticket sales, almost all of them for midnight showings. That’s significant since it puts Deathly Hallows 2 on track to break the midnight screening record currently held by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The sparkly vampire movie earned $30 million during its opening day, midnight screenings last year.

The only obstacle to midnight domination, for Potter, may be a lack of showings. Fandango reports that they’ve already sold out 5,000 showings of the film. Tickets are becoming increasingly rare, which means audiences are less and less likely to find seats in the theaters they want or in the format they want.

Variety reports that distributor Warner Bros. is predicting somewhere around a $130 - $140 million opening weekend for the last ever Harry Potter. It should be noted that he’s hoping people actually want to see 3D when throwing out those figures, since 3D ticket prices inflate the box office totals. As reported earlier this month, Potter fans seem determined to ditch the gimmick and finish out the Potter series the way they started it, by viewing it in 2D.

To capture the crown as the biggest movie of 2011, Deathly Hallows 2 will only have to make more than $100 million domestically. The current 2011 title holder is Transformers: Dark of the Moon with $97 million. That should be an easy mark to surpass. The last Potter, Deathly Hallows Part 1, earned $125 million and did it without inflated 3D ticket prices and the irresistible allure of being there to see the end of the Hogwarts era.

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