Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Takes in 58.4 Million Opening Day

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Jul 16, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

There are new totals today marking the financial success of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Variety is reporting that Warner Bros has announced that HBP “grossed a magical $58.4 million from 4,275 theaters as it opened
Wednesday at the domestic B.O., including a potent $22.2 million in
midnight shows.”

The piece also notes that HBP “was pacing well ahead of the $44 million earned by “Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix” on its opening Wednesday exactly two
years ago. “Order of the Phoenix” posted a five-day opening gross of
$139.7 million…Forecasts for the five-day opening vary. Some are predicting
“Half-Blood Prince” would post a five-day domestic opening of $125
million to $150 million, while others put it higher.”

On the international front, Variety points out that Half-Blood Prince “is opening day-and-date in every major overeas territory.
“Harry Potter” films have been even more successful overseas, and no
one’s willing to handicap how high “Half-Blood Price” will go in
foreign realms. “Order of the Phoenix” grossed $646.2 million
internationally and $292 million domestically. Early estimates
showed “Half-Blood Prince” grossing north of $3.2 million in Australia,
the third best opening day gross ever after the last two “The Lord of
the Rings” pics.” TLC reader Verity owled to point out this additional article from the Australian opening that they have the number as 4.37 Million and the figure “is also the highest Wednesday result of all time in Australia, and the highest opening day figure on a non-public holida





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