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Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson appear in a still from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. - Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Ent / Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R. / Jaap Buitendijk

'Harry Potter' earns $126 million before weekend begins

07/15/2011 by Olivia Allin

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" has already broken international box office records since premiering earlier this week.

The final installment of the "Harry Potter" franchise grossed $82.5 million in two days from 43 countries and $43.5 million domestically in midnight runs, earning $126 million worldwide before the weekend, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The domestic midnight box office of $43.5 million in 3,800 theaters earned the film the best showing of all time. The honor was previously held by "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," which earned $30 million in midnight shows.

In the final installment, Harry Potter and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger return to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemort's final horcruxes, which contain fragments of his soul. By doing so, they hope to render him mortal, so that they can finally kill him. But when Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle ever begins.

The movie is already out-earning the previous installment overseas by about 39 percent. It also broke box office records in Argentina, being the biggest opening of all time and in Australia, where it was the first film to gross over $10 million in just two days.

About 61 percent of the foreign grosses were from 3D showings and the North American 3D midnight showings were completely sold out. On Friday, "Deathly Hallows Part 2" opens in 4,300 theaters, including 3,000 3D runs.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," opened in theaters in the United States on July 15, 2011. Watch the final trailer below.

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