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Harry Potter Tops Ticket Sales

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1" doesn't hit theaters until November 19, but tickets are on sale and they're going fast. MovieTickets.com reports that the film accounted for 57 percent of all its tickets sold in their first day on sale, quickly selling out 190 showings.

Fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of the seventh Potter film, the beginning of the end of the series. (Part 2 opens in July 2011). Warner Brothers —wary of delaying another Potter film, decided earlier this month *not* to convert the movie to 3-D — figuring it was better to get the film to theaters in high quality 2-D to avoid frustrating fans.

The last time a Harry Potter film opened the weekend before Thanksgiving it set a record $90.3 million opening weekend gross. The series has sold $1.7 billion of tickets in the US and an additional $3.7 billion overseas. This film should keep up the stellar run, early sales eliminating concerns -that fans would sit out the first part of "Deathly Hallows," waiting until the final installment hits theaters next summer.

And it may be smart to pre-buy tickets — there are a number of reports that ticket prices are on track to rise through the holiday season.

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