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One More Release Date Change: Half-Blood Prince Now Out July 15th, Confirmed by WB

Posted by: sue
April 14, 2009, 05:06 PM

Here we go again: Erc box office is reporting (now picked up too by that Warner Bros has changed the release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince yet again, this time two days earlier than stated before to Wednesday, July 15, 2009. Update: WB has confirmed this now directly to TLC. Again, the new release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is Wednesday, July 15, 2009.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman said that "Every day the kids are out of school in summer is just like an extra Saturday."The article continues that with this move, it "gives the movie a head-start on the weekend during what's shaping up as a highly competitive summer season for Hollywood, which has major franchise films opening virtually every week." As readers will recall, OotP was moved shortly before its release, to the opening day as a Wednesday back in July, 2007.

Thanks so much to Jeff from ERC Boxoffice and for emailing!

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33 Points

Here, in Italy, HBB was scheduled for release on July 15 since WB’s first announce :)

Posted by Claudio on April 14, 2009, 05:41 PM report to moderator
638 Points

This. Sucks. SO. Much.


Posted by MommaPuff on April 14, 2009, 05:41 PM report to moderator
1249 Points

With the PotterCasters scheduled to be someplace between Sacramento and Los Angeles on July 15th, I suppose they could do a midnight release/3:00 am (twilight) podcast / / but zOMG. I’m sure that everyone will find a way to make it work, but I am also sure that a lot of people have travel plans such that they won’t be able to be at Azkatraz on the 15th – so it will either not be a release night showing or a lot of people won’t be able to make it.

Posted by NDduLac [Dodo] on April 14, 2009, 05:43 PM report to moderator
660 Points

It certainly does put a kink in Azkatraz and the PotterCast summer tour.

Posted by Noble Birth Descending on April 14, 2009, 05:43 PM report to moderator
484 Points

Hurrraayyy!!! So we’re gonna change our Countdown Midgets too… _

Posted by EnricoDc on April 14, 2009, 05:44 PM report to moderator
6921 Points

Stupid WB, make up your mind already. Why couldn’t you have made this decision in the first place? You did the same thing for OotP (changing it from a Friday to a Wednesday) and it was a huge hit, so why didn’t you decide in the beginning to do the same for HBP? And you’re going to screw up the events for Azkatraz too you know.

Posted by badger666 on April 14, 2009, 05:45 PM report to moderator
1480 Points

Is it going to be the same in the UK?
I hope so :]

Posted by omgitslouise [WBM] [Ravenvlog <3's Me] on April 14, 2009, 05:46 PM report to moderator
2105 Points

Earlier is definitely better, especially after the long delay they subjected us to! Okay – two days doesn’t make up for eight months, but it’s going in the right direction. Let’s hope they really do it, and don’t keep moving the date around!

Posted by Agrippa1 on April 14, 2009, 05:49 PM report to moderator
1290 Points

Gahh who has an email contact to WB cos I really feel like sending them a Howler right now.

Posted by MuggleQueen on April 14, 2009, 05:49 PM report to moderator
276 Points

Well, it does make sense. This way, the “opening weekend” starts on Wednesday and is five days long. They want the biggest opening of the year and if they have 5 days for that, they might get it. :)

Posted by Fonty on April 14, 2009, 05:49 PM report to moderator
1661 Points

It’s going to come out soo Early in the UK….they’re going to get it on like July 13th…I might have to book a plane ticket. lol.

Posted by cghambright on April 14, 2009, 05:57 PM report to moderator
1661 Points

@Fonty: AGREED! They did the same thing with OOTP and it’s the second highest grossing film of the HP series. Alot of the big movies do the whole 5 day thing, especially during the summer. The Dark Knight did it and look how much money it made.

Posted by cghambright on April 14, 2009, 05:59 PM report to moderator
3703 Points

Good point, Fonty :) Golly, WB loves money, huh? Haha jk.. sort of :D

Posted by Christine on April 14, 2009, 06:00 PM report to moderator
3590 Points

What are you playing at WB!!!!!

Posted by Big B [ROAR FTW] on April 14, 2009, 06:04 PM report to moderator
400 Points

I had a feeling this would happen, especially since they made that same change with Order of the Phoenix. Not sure why they didn’t just do this to begin with. Perhaps they thought that if they moved it ‘up’ 2 days, people would get excited and forget that they had pushed it back 8 months originally, lol.

I only hope it doesn’t create too much craziness for the people planning Azkatraz. I know they had a lot of stuff going on around this release :/

Posted by But Hagrid... on April 14, 2009, 06:05 PM report to moderator
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