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The historic, 900-seat Senator Theater in Baltimore is one of many movie theaters around the country that plans a midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Senator owner Tom Kiefaber decided to have a 12:01 a.m. Friday screening. "For months and months, we've been receiving calls about when the first opportunity to see Harry Potter will be, and we realized many of these calls were from adults. It's an 8 to 80 thing," Kiefaber said Wednesday.
Warner Bros. is letting theater owners decide whether to run midnight shows for the movie, which opens Friday.
In the United Kingdom, Harry Potter is a record breaker, and it hasn't even been officially released.
The movie brought in $9.6-million from 1,137 screens in 491 theaters during Saturday and Sunday sneak previews, Warner Bros. said. That smashed the all-time weekend record of $3.1-million set by Star Wars: Episode I _ The Phantom Menace in 1999.
Harry Potter also took the U.K.'s single-day record by grossing $5.1-million Saturday, Zap2it.com said, outdistancing Toy Story 2's first Saturday of wide release. Sunday's estimated $4.5-million also marks the biggest Sunday ever.
Harry Potter opens in the United Kingdom on Friday, too.
"Clones' opens May 16
Twentieth Century Fox has set the U.S. release ofStar Wars: Episode II _ Attack of the Clones for Thursday, May 16, one day earlier than expected. "Around the world, many territories open on Thursdays," Bruce Snyder, Fox's president of domestic distribution, told Variety. "And because Star Wars is such an international phenomenon, it seemed to make sense to go out on a standard date in as many places as possible."
"Britney' debuts at No. 1
Britney Spears' new album topped Billboard's charts this week, making her the first female solo act to reach No. 1 with her first three albums, according to statistics released Wednesday. Britney sold 745,744 units in the week ending Nov. 11, usurping the sales figure crown from Michael Jackson. Jackson'sInvincible fell to No. 3, with 202,341 units in the past week. Pink Floyd's new compilation album, Echoes _ Best of Pink Floyd ranked No. 2 with 214,650 units.