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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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84 Points

Wow, no one has mentioned that HBP has already grossed as much as twilight did during it’s 19 weeks run. Now, twitards, tell me who owns who!!???

Posted by Javier J on July 19, 2009, 05:16 PM report to moderator
594 Points

Oh my god. You know, when numbers get that big I can’t even comprehend them! It’s a huge number, but it means nothing to me except “holy crap that’s a lot of money!!”. ;)

Posted by Kissa on July 19, 2009, 05:19 PM report to moderator
143 Points

This is so cool.

Posted by angelvoice on July 19, 2009, 05:20 PM report to moderator

I am disappointed at the bandwagon mentality support for this film. As HP fans, we should be critical of anything that falls short of the mark, and I felt this film fell significantly short of the mark on delivering the breath and scope of the 6th book. It appears that Warner Brothers is betting on the sheep mentality of the HP fans, and threw out this actionless substitute for the public to dribble over. [And as far as competing with Transformers Action – it isn’t even in the ball park.]. I do appreciate that the actors demonstrated their true skills by saving this film which butchered the ploy and action that I so enjoyed from the book. The movie cut so much from the plot that few people other than potter fans could have made heads or tails about plot.

I hope that the next film will worthy of the name HP, and not like this catastrophe.

Posted by hws on July 19, 2009, 05:20 PM report to moderator

I’m with Eeyore, the numbers don’t make much sense. Especially when comparing with movies from previous years. For one thing, there’s inflation – it costs more to see a movie now than it did even two years ago when OOP came out. When I saw that, a matinee showing was $7, for HBP it was $8.50. My landlord, who is 81, remembers when it cost a quarter to see a movie!

It would be interesting if someone would do a comparison between the HP films and other high-grossing movies of the past – Star Wars, for example – with the numbers used being either the actual number of people attending, or box office receipts adjusted for inflation.

I’m delighted that HBP is doing well – I’ve seen it twice myself. I loved it – think it’s the best yet. The kids’ acting just gets better and better, and Jim Broadbent was magnificent as Professor Slughorn.

Posted by harpsichordian on July 19, 2009, 05:30 PM report to moderator
159 Points

Good job cast and crew!
I’m sure HP will do better than Transformers in the long run.

Posted by PigmyPuffPie on July 19, 2009, 05:30 PM report to moderator
1311 Points

WOW! Transformers may get whooped!

Posted by ~^%^~TheWanderer~^%^~ [{ROAR!}] on July 19, 2009, 05:37 PM report to moderator
312 Points

That’s a lot of money. Wouldn’t be amazed if their using it as toilet paper lol.

Posted by got2lovme on July 19, 2009, 05:39 PM report to moderator
75566 Points

We all knew they would make a ton of money.

Posted by Girlraven1 on July 19, 2009, 05:41 PM report to moderator
84 Points

“As HP fans, we should be critical of anything that falls short of the mark” hws

As real Potter fans, whe are used to the changes between the books and the movies. Real Potter fans know that a 2hr movie cannot contain everything that happens in 600 pages, but i bet you think you are the first person to point out that the funeral was cut…

Posted by Javier J on July 19, 2009, 05:44 PM report to moderator
3526 Points

GOOOD JOB HBP! that’s outstanding

Posted by DesQueJteVois on July 19, 2009, 05:46 PM report to moderator
59 Points

That is a huge opening half week, once again it is huge outside the US.

Posted by ender650 on July 19, 2009, 05:49 PM report to moderator
189 Points

I’d like to see a comparison too Harpsichordian. As ticket prices go up every year, it would be nice to see which film came out top when all the figures are adjusted for inflation/ you look at actual number of seats. That’s why in the All Time World Wide Box Office Titanic is No. 1 but if adjusted for inflation it’s actually Gone With the Wind.

Posted by enchantedsocks on July 19, 2009, 05:51 PM report to moderator
592 Points

No, no, no. Half Blood Prince has already beaten Transformers 2. Worldwide it has. Domestically, transformers beat it for the 5-day opening, but worldwide, Harry Potter has the spot. :)

Posted by Shlesha {ROAR} on July 19, 2009, 05:51 PM report to moderator
88 Points

Wow…amazing to hear but not totally surprised. I will be adding to it of course when it comes to IMAX in my area. And the movie is wonderfully done too!

Posted by fngw417 on July 19, 2009, 05:53 PM report to moderator
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