The 20 Biggest Midnight Releases of All-Time

The 20 Biggest Midnight Releases of All-Time

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The midnight release has become something of a tradition. The most dedicated fans will camp outside in costume just so they can be among the first people to watch their new favorite movie, to pick apart the plots holes, and to post spoilers in an internet comment section.

Here are the 20 biggest midnight releases that had people lining up for days:

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$16 million - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
The final installment in the Hunger Games franchise pulled in about $16 million during its early Thursday release, the lowest total of the series.
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$16 million - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen also earned $16 million during its midnight release, the highest total of any Wednesday night opening.
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$16.5 million - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Episode III collected $16.5 million, which was the highest total of the prequel trilogy and the second highest Star Wars midnight opening ever (more on that in a second).
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$17 million - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
Mockingjay Part 1 earned $17 million during its midnight release, more than other 2014 blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy ($11.2 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($10.2 million).
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$18.5 million - Jurassic World
Jurassic World holds the record for the largest opening weekend of all-time (for now), but it only earned $18.5 million on its opening night.
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$18.5 million - The Dark Knight
The highly anticipated followup to Batman Begins pulled in $18.5 million during its midnight release, on its way to earning more than $1 billion worldwide.
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$18.7 million - The Avengers
At the time of its release, The Avengers was the eight highest grossing midnight release of all-time and the best performing superhero midnight release ever at $18.7 million.
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$19.7 million - The Hunger Games
The highly anticipated first installment in The Hunger Games franchise scored $19.7 million during its midnight debut and set the records for the highest opening day ($67.3 million) and opening weekend for a non-sequel.
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$21 million - Man of Steel
Zack Snyder's Man of Steel earned $21 million during its Thursday night opening. In other words, Man of Steel earned more in midnight releases than Superman Returns earned during its first full day.
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$22.2 million - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince earned $22.2 million during its midnight run, the third highest total for a Harry Potter film.
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$24 million - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 narrowly edged out the Half-Blood Prince at $24 million.
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$25.3 million - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Catching Fire took in $25.3 million during its midnight release, more than Iron Man 3 ($15.6 million).
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$26.3 million - The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Twilight: New Moon was only the fourth best midnight showing from the Twilight franchise, taking in an insane $26.3 million.
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$27.6 million - Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide, becoming the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time. During its midnight showings, Age of Ultron pulled in $27.6 million, the highest of any Marvel film to date.
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$30.1 million - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Eclipse was the first of three Twilight films to crack the $30 million mark during its midnight release.
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$30.3 million - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
The penultimate chapter in the Twilight Saga didn't earn any praise from the critics, but it did earn $30.3 million during its midnight debut.
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$30.4 million - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
The final installment in the Twilight franchise was also the highest grossing, earning nearly $830 million worldwide including $30.4 million on opening night.
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$30.6 million - The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan's final Batman film took in $30.6 million during its midnight run. That's a big number (for you).
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$43.5 million - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
In 2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II earned over $1 billion world wide (including $43.5 million during its midnight run), becoming the highest-grossing film of 2011 and the highest grossing film in the Harry Potter series.
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$57 million - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the most anticipated movie of all-time, shattered the previous record for a midnight release with $57 million. To put that into perspective, in 2014 The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies earned $54 million during its opening weekend. The Force Awakens did that before the clock struck twelve.

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