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AP on World Wide Total to date for Half-Blood Prince: $396.7 Million

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Posted by: sue
July 19, 2009, 01:28 PM

The Associated Press has just released a new article with the current world-wide box office for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $396.7 Million. Breaking the numbers down, the AP reports HBP " took in $79.5 million domestically over opening weekend and $159.7 million since debuting last Wednesday, according to estimates from distributor Warner Bros. on Sunday. The movie also took in $237 million overseas since Wednesday in 54 countries, bringing its worldwide total to $396.7 million."

The piece continues:

"With some of the best reviews of any "Harry Potter" movie, "Half-Blood Prince" was off to the fastest overall start in franchise history.The sixth movie about the young wizard came in $20 million ahead of the last movie, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," which grossed $139.7 million domestically in its first five days two years ago. The new film had the second-highest start ever for a movie premiering on Wednesday, trailing the $200 million five-day opening for last month's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

"Half-Blood Prince" already has surpassed the $157.3 million "Order of the Phoenix" pulled in during its entire first week. By the end of its seventh day Tuesday, "Half-Blood Prince" will be in the $180 million range on its way to becoming the franchise's first $300 million domestic smash since the original movie, 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," said Dan Fellman, Warner head of distribution."

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Imagine how much more it would have grossed if it did not have such a stupid ending !

Posted by Beazle on July 19, 2009, 03:10 PM report to moderator
8876 Points

This is such a huge sum of money … but SS/PS took even more. Like, wow :) Considering how Harry Potter possibly wasnt so well known back at the time of Movie 1 that’s an amazing achievement. If I recall correctly, SS/PS was released around the same time as PoA (the book). The Potterverse wasnt as big a place back then, so it’s incredible (and very cool) that the movie took so much. And, it’s neat how HBP is doing so well, too :)

Posted by Moose_Starr on July 19, 2009, 03:12 PM report to moderator
135 Points

Not shocked

Posted by sianletley on July 19, 2009, 03:27 PM report to moderator
13596 Points

That’s amazing — esp. since I wasn’t all that jazzed.

Posted by Garden State Geek on July 19, 2009, 03:35 PM report to moderator
491 Points

darn it! it didn’t beat transformers for the 5-day thing!! I think that people started to not care about HP as much because in the US, people like Twilight now and are totally obsessed with it!! :(

Posted by megan_702*ROAR* on July 19, 2009, 03:58 PM report to moderator
491 Points

but i totally LOVED the movie!

Posted by megan_702*ROAR* on July 19, 2009, 03:58 PM report to moderator
337 Points

Gryffindor’s need to roar!!! new group"Who was Harry’s greatest protector?"

Posted by Mugglejeff on July 19, 2009, 03:59 PM report to moderator
444 Points

I always get confused trying to make sense of the numbers. It seems to me that they play a lot of funny games when it comes to assessing how a movie is doing. But the article did get one thing right. The crowd that I saw at the midnight show was middle teens to older adults and very few really young kids. You could tell from listening to people and seeing them dressed up and holding their copies of Half-Blood Prince that they are long-time Potter fans.

I went for a second time during the day (glad to help the numbers) and was surprised to see so many young kids in the audience. I’ve no idea if they liked it, but at least they were mostly quiet, except for the one crying baby. Grrrrr

My general feeling is that I really liked this film. I think it’s the best so far, even with the changes, some of which bothered me. And I’ll likely go see one or two more times in the theater and then buy the DVD when it comes out.

Posted by Eeyore on July 19, 2009, 04:00 PM report to moderator
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Posted by ❤MischiefManaged★☆ROAR☆★ on July 19, 2009, 04:07 PM report to moderator
279 Points

i just wish they would put in the hogwarts battle

Posted by Lord Dumbledore on July 19, 2009, 04:12 PM report to moderator
120 Points

DAYUM!! if only it beat Transformers and the first HP movie, that would be CRAZY. but its great that it beat OOTP :)

Posted by iLoveNeville on July 19, 2009, 04:29 PM report to moderator

Deathly Hallows is going to be insane!

Posted by Jillxoxo on July 19, 2009, 04:53 PM report to moderator
3554 Points

YAY!!! :D

Posted by Mera004 on July 19, 2009, 05:14 PM report to moderator
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