November 19 Update: Warner Bros. is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I made $24 million from midnight and early morning shows at 3,700 locations.
While that's far from Eclipse's record of just over $30 million, it does top the $22.2 million midnight haul of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Deathly Hallows: Part I did set a new midnight record for an IMAX release with $1.4 million, topping the $1 million haul of Eclipse.
November 18 Update #2: Fandango.com is reporting that Deathy Hallows: Part I now ranks #3 on their all-time advance seller list. It is also is the strongest advance seller of the Potter franchise.
The site is also reporting more than 3,000 sold-out shows.
November 18 Update: Fandango.com is reporting more than 2,500 sold-out shows, while MovieTickets.com has more than 2,200. Deathly Hallows: Part I shot past Half-Blood Prince on MovieTickets to take over the #4 spot on the site's all-time advanced sellers list. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, New Moon and Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith occupy the top three spots.
November 17 Update #2: Deadline.com is reporting that HP7: Part I will play at a record-breaking 3,700 locations at midnight, 239 IMAX locations (another record) and it has already generated $25 million in advanced ticket sales.
Fandango.com has tallied more than 2,200 sold-out shows.
November 17 Update: MovieTickets.com is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I currently ranks in fifth place on their all-time advance ticket seller list. It's not far behind Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at #4. The ticketing site is also reporting more than 1,900 sold-out shows, 160 of which are in New York and Los Angeles.
November 16 Update: Fandango.com is now reporting more than 2,000 sold-out shows. More stats from a poll of Fandango users:
• 84% plan to watch previous Harry Potter movies this week to prepare for Deathy Hallows: Part I
• 82% have read all of the Potter books
• 81% have seen all the Potter movies on the big screen;
• 45% are pleased that filmmakers delayed a 3D version of Part I until they could get it right (while 51% claim the 3D process wouldn't have affected their interest either way).
November 15 Update: MovieTickets.com is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I has sold out more than 1,000 shows.
November 10 Update: As of 9 a.m. PT, Fandango.com is reporting 900 sold-out shows and MovieTickets.com boasts 800 for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I.
November 3 Update: Fandango.com is reporting that as of 5 a.m. PT, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is responsible for nearly 500 sold-out shows. MovieTickets.com is reporting more than 300. That's very impressive considering that the film doesn't open until November 19.
"Even though the finale's first part is more than two weeks away, fans are already showing their eagerness to join the final journey on opening weekend," says Fandango Chief Operating Officer Rick Butler. "We've seen more sold-out showtimes for this film than we've seen for any other film this year, at the same point in the sales cycle."