“Deathly Hallows” fell behind two films in the “Twilight” series. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” still is tops with its $30 million-plus debut earlier this year on June 30. And “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” comes in second at $26.3 million for its Nov. 20, 2009 midnight release.
But “Deathly Hallows” is ahead of the last film in the series, fourth-place “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which made $22.2 million during its midnight run in July 2009. And “Deathly Hallows” is well ahead of fifth-place The Dark Knight,” another film from Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. studios, which made $18.5 million in its July 2008 midnight screenings.