AP on World Wide Total to date for Half-Blood Prince: $396.7 Million
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."
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."
Astounding numbers. With returns like that I have a whole new appreciation for the cast and the pressure they have to make the movies really good. And I think they surpassed my expectations on this movie. It is by far the best in the series, and now one of my all time favorites.
@AegisSailor: They did leave out alot but I still think it was a very smooth flowing story and it was told brilliantly. Compared to the other films I think HBP cut out the most: the house elves, the Snape prophecy storyline, the Ron/Ginny fight, Harry getting knocked out by MaClaggen, the fight, the funeral, the Gaunt, Hepzibah, Dumbledore, Morfin memories, etc. But I still think they did a great job of capturing the overall tone of book 6.
It’s not an action-packed book. It’s the calm before the storm and it’s main purpose is to set up Deathly Hallows and that’s what movie 6 does. I had a problem with the death eaters just walking out of the castle at first especially since they make a point of showing that the Aurors are guarding the school in the beginning of the film, but I think that’s just going to make the battle much more impressive in Deathly Hallows. And it did make sense for them to leave calmly sense they did what they came to do (kill Dumbledore). The death eaters probably wanted to get out of the castle before the whole ministry showed up. And there is a scene showing them attacking the aurors. So I’m happy with the lack of a fight. And Bellatrix does destroy the Great Hall and Hagrid’s hut so it’s not like they left too quietly.
I agree with you I thought the Harry/Ginny scenes were very sweet and sexy.
i’m really happy for the HBP cast and crew. they did a brilliant job and deserve all the credit. i went to a midnight showing, and i plan to go see it again. but the two year absence had to have an impact on the number of people going to see it. either way, the movie was awesome!!
Haha funny story. The night i went to see the film i stopped to get some snacks at a store and i told the cash register lady that i was going to see a movie. She said “Let me guess, Harry Potter?” I said yeah. She was like “oh my gosh i hate harry potter transformers is way better.” It was funny and i think she’s actully one of those people who dresses up as harry potter and swings a wand in her closet and she’s just hiding it.