I really doubt whether Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince will beat The Dark Knight in the overall box office, but at least for one night, Harry Potter did something that not even The Dark Knight could do. There is a new record for midnight screenings now. The latest installment in the Harry Potter movies took in $22.2M from its midnight screenings. That beat The Dark Knight by almost $4M.
To give you an idea of how much $22M is in the scheme of things, consider this. In 2008, movies such as X Files 2, Mad Money, Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Swing Vote, and Rachel Getting Married didn't make that much money in their entire run at the box office. Harry Potter made that much after midnight in one day.