Box Office Watch: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Continues Success on International Front
August 31, 2009, 11:47 AM
For those keeping track at home, we have a quick update today regarding box office success for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. While faring well here in the US, the sixth installment in the Harry Potter series continues to have very impressive box office sum totals due to international showings. ScreenDaily reports:
"Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince became the third
biggest film in the series worldwide after adding $7.7m from 5,000
screens in 61 markets through Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI)
for $610.5m overseas and $904.9m globally. Greece was the final territory to receive the sixth episode in the
family franchise and delivered an excellent $1.9m from 135 screens that
was a clear number one and scored the biggest launch of the year.
Latest figures put Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
on $80.8m in the UK, $79.4m in Japan, $60.9m in Germany, $51.6m in
France, $31.7m in Australia, $27m in Italy, $24.1m in China, $21.4m in
Mexico, $19.6m in Spain, $18.6m in Brazil, and $18.4m in Russia."
You can also see slightly different numbers here (international here) from Box Office Mojo.
Fragesteller: my sources come from Box Office Mojo’s charts, but uses $7.30 for 2009 prices, at the suggestion of BOM posters. (BOM still has not put up an estimate of 2009 prices, which usually come late in the year, and still lists the 2008 price for 2009.) The ideas about non-US ticket inflation are based on general suggestions from the BOM forums: it seems that nobody really keeps track of those! I think that it is because the film industry is largely US, and most of the $$$ they see are from N. America: monies from outside the US go largely to local distributors.
As it stands, Prince should come within a million tickets or so of Order, which is only a 2-3% drop. By comparison, Chamber saw a 20% drop in ticket sales. However, Order was much more popular with people who saw it than was Stone, so this is not a big surprise.
Astha: Hallows 1 will not break any records. Unfortunately, a lot of people did not like the first Harry Potter film. People decide whether to see a new film in a series based on their opinions on earlier films, not on word-of-mouth or critical reviews of the current film. That is why Transformers 2 (which got horrible word-of-mouth and worse reviews) did so well: people like the first movie and ignored the bad press.