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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A long school break has been kind to "Harry Potter."

After a two-year gap since the last film, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" opened with a whopping $58.4 million domestically in its first day. That's the best single-day haul yet for the franchise and the fourth-best daily gross ever.

Receipts include a record $22.2 million from midnight screenings alone.

The sixth installment in the "Harry Potter" series had the second-highest debut ever for a movie opening on Wednesday. It trailed only "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which premiered with $62 million last month.

The two-year lag since the fifth "Harry Potter" movie was the longest in the franchise's history.