Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 finally hit theaters at midnight last night, and, just hours into its opening weekend release, box office records have fallen. The Hogwarts finale has taken in an estimated $43.5 million in midnight shows alone.

The Warner Bros. adventure shattered the midnight record set just over a year ago by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which took in $30 million during its midnight screenings. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 opened in approximately 3,800 theaters at midnight. The franchise finale will open in 4,375 theaters today, the third-widest release of all time behind The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Iron Man 2. However, a conflicting report lists the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 theater count at 4,575, which would make it the widest release of all time. It is also said that 3,000 theaters will screen the finale in 3D.

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This is likely just the first box office record that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 will break this weekend. The finale looks to surpass The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's record for biggest single day of $72 million, along with The Dark Knight's opening weekend record of $158.4 million. Some analysts believe Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 could gross north of $180 million over the weekend.

Stay tuned as we'll be sure to keep you posted on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2's box office numbers throughout the weekend.