Box Office Watch: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Continues Success on International Front


Aug 31, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

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.

75 Responses to Box Office Watch: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Continues Success on International Front

Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: HBP is doing so well in the box office. Although there were some differences from the book, I liked this better than the two previous HP movies. By all the records that HBP has broken it would seem it has been a popular movie with the fans *yay* Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: will be 1 of seriesAvatar ImageGranger10 says: third comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the article is great!!!!! well doneAvatar Imagemadman1277 says: till hp 7 part 1 and 2 lolAvatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It is wonderful that the movie is achieving such great financial success and that Warner Brothers has benefited so from investing in such a fantastic film! I do hope that the film goes over the one billion mark, but that seems unlikely.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: How nice for WB...Avatar ImageWimsey says: Prince has not broken any box office records. It is doing well, especially for a 5th sequel, but not spectacularly well. It will end up with the 5th most tickets sold in the US (all the films but Prisoner would have made $300 million at 2009 ticket prices). Prince basically is selling about 95% of the tickets that Order sold in Europe, too: again, really good for a sequel, but hardly record breaking. Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Looks like WBs decision to move HBP to 2009 should meet its financial expectations. ;)Avatar Imagesmgkkg says: I've seen it 3 times. How many times have you all seen it???Avatar Imagejustin_967 says: I liked the movie, but I liked the book betterAvatar ImageFragesteller says: Wimsey, what is your basis for the "95%" figure for European tickets? Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageFresca says: I have only seen it once, but will see it again as soon as I can. I enjoyed the movie, even though the ending seemed a bit flat. I'd like to view it again to see what i missed the first time around.Avatar Imagemiss molly says: I went for my third time last Friday. There were only 10 people in the theater including me and my friend. They are down to three showings a day. I think it will be out of my local theater her in the Tampa Bay (FL) area in 2-3 weeks Some of the smaller theaters (14 screens or less) have already pulled it :(Avatar ImageTheGriff says: Argh! so much money, i cant even comprehend that amount of money. On all three occasions that i went the cinema was packed full, probably the fullest ive ever seen it.Avatar ImageWimsey says: The basis for 95% is the money made (as reported from numerous outlets), taking into account the change in the dollar relative to the Euro and (especially) the Pound, with a small allowance for inflation. The Pound in particular really has plummeted relative to the US dollar since 2007, so Prince is making a lot fewer US$ from the UK even though it is making about the same number of L. But this is really good for a sequel: remember, sales dropped 15-20% in most countries after the first film. Indeed, a lot of Hollywood types did not think that the series would last much longer after the big box office drop then. Avatar ImageFifi says: Well done HP!!!! That's great! What a lot of money!Avatar ImageMatea says: I'm still waiting for the final goal. beat OOTP!Avatar Imagedragonfrog says: I've been following box office mojo and assume HBP will eventually make a little bit more than Order ultimately, comparing both US and World Wide gross receipts. Which means after making progressively less with each sequel, starting with Goblet, each film has been making more than the previous ones. I assume HP7a and 7b will continue that trend, with the last one maybe even surpassing Sorcerer's Stone (without adjusting for inflation though...)Avatar Imagedragonfrog says: In fact, just checked, HPB has surpassed OOTP in US receipts - still has a ways to go Internationally though.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: *That's great!!* Good for Harry Potter!! XD XDAvatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: Awesome!!! It's still showing at the theatre near me until Thursday, I'm hoping to go see it before then :DAvatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: well it was an awesome movie!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Wow...Avatar ImageMosu says: awsome :DAvatar ImageWimsey says: Prince has made more $$$ than Order has made, but Prince still has sold fewer tickets than Order has made. Order sold about 42.5 million tickets, whereas Prince has sold about 40.5 million tickets. Prince will probably sell another million tickets or so. What that really tells us is that Order left a big audience interested in seeing Prince. How good Prince was (or was not) was not too relevant. After all, look at Transformers 2: that sold 33% more tickets than Prince despite being awful according to both critics and audiences. Why? Because more people liked the first Transformers movie than liked the prior HP films. Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it for the 9th (yes, 9th!) time this past weekend with my husband (who was only seeing it for the second time), that the theater was fairly crowded. We have two theaters in our area. The one at the mall is down to three showings a day, and the other one is only showing it in IMAX now. On several of the viewings I've been to the theaters were pretty empty, so seeing it so full last weekend was nice. It gives me hope that it may stick around at least a few more weeks. My personal suspicion on the difference between OoTP's sales and HBP's has to do with the delay in the IMAX release, which goes back to WB's ultimate stupidity in changing the overall release date. The IMAX release had to be delayed because of it, and I think that a lot of people who would have seen it in IMAX decided not to wait, saw it in the regular theater (at the cheaper ticket prices) and since they'd already seen it, opted not to go back and see it again in IMAX. Personally, I was not too impressed with the IMAX or 3D aspects of the film, compared to the regular version. I LOVE the movie, don't get me wrong, but there was nothing in the IMAX version that made me think I wanted to see it that way more than once. I'm perfectly happy to continue seeing it in the regular theater for the cheaper prices. OoTP, which I did NOT care for much at all, was still more worth seeing in IMAX than HBP, as they picked a better spot in the film for the 3D stuff and the movie overall looked better in IMAX. HBP for some reason seemed extra dark and hard to see in IMAX, plus the 3D part was nothing special. They should have saved the 3D for Weasley's Wizard Wheezes or Quidditch or the cave. None of that probably has anything to do with the actual number of tickets sold, but I do think it affected the total box office, since many of the opening weekend people would have seen it in IMAX first, giving the sales figures a boost. In any case, I expect DH 1 and definitely DH 2 will surpass them all to become the highest grossing films of all time. The anticipation is already nearly killing me!Avatar Imagebeewell says: Saw the movie twice and would have loved to see it again but it was pulled from the theater here. I think it is so popular because it was pushed back until July and fans couldn't wait to see it. Of course, being the sixth movie in the sequel, most fans could have seen it more than once or twice. That makes WB really happy I am sure!Avatar ImageMugglemadness says: I have never had such an amazing cinema experience, Half blood prince was soo exiting !!!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: super de-duper awesomeness! rock on hbp! i mena i didn't like the film,becuase it wasn't like the book (to much romance) and i could go on and on about things that annoyed me (the burrow,no funeral,no ron and hermione hug,the harry ginny "kiss" ) but whatever.still thats awesome! YAYYYYYY hbp!Avatar Imageccking says: HP 7 parts 1 and 2 will be the biggest!!! and this is a great article! $9m isn't so bad :pAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: awesum yay :)Avatar ImageHBPFan says: Regardless of the numbers showing each film's success at the box office, I think HBP was an excellent film. I liked them all, and enjoyed them very much, each for different reasons, but I finally feel that in HBP they did it justice! For once, not focusing just on Harry and Voldemort..but everyone and everything pretty equally..Avatar Imagemjkalldaway says: that is absolutely amazing!Avatar ImageHarryLoony says: I think the numbers aren't that important...I mean look at POA: it was an excellent movie and it only gathered up 795 mill.$ internationally and 249 mill.$ domestically...It's like last on the list....HBP was excellent also had almost the same feel of POA :D Congrats cast and crew! :DAvatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: yeah, that's what i'm talking bout!!! Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Lots of money!! I've seen it 3 times, so I glady paid my part in raising the standard. LOL :PAvatar ImagePadfootLover4ever says: I have seen it twice. I wish I could have seen it more. But I just really hope that DH pt. 2 beats all the HP movies. Even SS. That would be soooo cool to finish with a bang :)Avatar Imageiamminerva says: I've seen it eight times. In fact, this past weekend was the first weekend since it premiered that I DIDN'T go see it! :) It will soon leave the regular theaters here but that's okay because it will then go to the second-run $2 theaters. I'll have to go see it at least once then. Maybe twice. Might as well make my total an even TEN times! Avatar ImageWimsey says: Headmistress LemonFaerie: IMAX accounts for only about 10% of ticket sales. What Prince lost was the fairly difference between IMAX ticket prices and regular ticket prices: and distributors do not actually get that much more from IMAX tickets than they do from regular tickets (despite the price difference) because IMAX theaters get a bigger chunk of the ticket than do regular theaters. As for Hallows, it is pretty improbable that DH1 will sell as many tickets as Stone did (which would be about $400 million today). Goblet probably is the upper limit on a "return" audience for a Harry Potter film, and that would be about $335 million today. Hallows will get the Thanksgiving boost, and people like Prince, so this is possible. DH2 will depend entirely on how much people like DH1. It could be like Matrix 3, where everyone was so disgusted by the failure of the first film to complete a story that most of the audience didn't come back. It could be like Pirates 3, where the audience was left somewhat "bleah" by the inconclusive ending of the first film. I do not think that it will be like Lord of the Rings, where even more people came back for the 2nd and 3rd films: people just do not like the Harry Potter films as much as they liked the Ring films. Avatar ImageLucia Meadows says: Domestically (in the US), Half Blood Prince will probably just break the $300 million mark, since it is trending similarly to Order of the Phoenix at this point (OotP made about $9 million from weeks 7 through 21). Overall, this movie may make $1 billion, which is really good.Avatar Imagesiriuslysirius11 says: I've seen it 4 times, I think, and once in IMAX.Avatar Imagecghambright says: I'm not suprised!! I loved the movie!!! I've already seen it 5 times and I'm tempted to go a 6th time. The last time I went the theater was still packed so I'm definitely not the only one seeing it multiple times. It's just an amazing film. Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I'm going again this weekend!Avatar ImageFragesteller says: Wimsey, as you point out, ticket sales in UK pounds are nearly the same as in 2007 (accounting for the change in exchange rate), so--apart from U.K. inflation--this seems to mean that the same number of tickets have been sold in the UK as in 2007. (Ticket price inflation might shift this number, but the movie is still being shown and will probably add a few percentage points to its gross receipts.) The change in the Euro/Dollar exchange rate is only about 4% and it is still a bit early to guess the final European gross, but it too could end up very close to 100% of the 2007 gross. (Again, ticket price inflation could shift that.) What is your source for the number of tickets sold? The figures you give are very precise, which surprises me since accounting for inflation in different countries makes such estimates difficult to pin down. I agree with Lucia Meadows that U.S. domestic gross should finish off in the $300-305 million range which, adjusted for inflation, should be within a percentage point of the gross of OOP. That would mean that essentially the same number of tickets were sold in the U.S. for the two movies.Avatar Imagedeadtree says: woo, go HBP! Avatar Imagehewy says: And to think WB was only going to sign on for two of this series to begin with. Bet they're happy they changed their collective minds.Avatar ImageAsta says: I'm so glad to hear that its a success...good for WB...Avatar ImageAsta says: I'm so glad to hear that its a success...good for WB...Avatar ImageAsta says: I've seen it loads of times on my computer...and i won't mind watching it a thousand times over. it's awesome!!Avatar ImageAsta says: I've seen it loads of times on my computer...and i won't mind watching it a thousand times over. it's awesome!!Avatar ImageAsta says: I hope Deathly Hallows part 1 breaks all records...thats my favourie book and i hope the movies will be good too...Avatar ImageAsta says: I hope Deathly Hallows part 1 breaks all records...thats my favourie book and i hope the movies will be good too...Avatar ImageAsta says: I hope Deathly Hallows part 1 breaks all records...thats my favourie book and i hope the movies will be good too...Avatar ImageAsta says: I hope Deathly Hallows part 1 breaks all records...thats my favourie book and i hope the movies will be good too...Avatar ImageWimsey says: 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. Avatar ImageWimsey says: 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. Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: whoa that's a lot. lolAvatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: Wow, it's doing so well!Avatar ImageHGROSS44 says: Just think of all the new movies they can produce with that money. great job all who put in such long hours to make it possible. Avatar Imagetayler18 says: thats what im talking aboutAvatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Wow this is great!!!Avatar ImageFigment says: I went twice, once being in IMAX 3D. I am glad it is doing so well and I hope they use that money to make the next 2 great.Avatar ImageCatherine says: wow...thats. a lot. of. money.!!!!! BUT an amazing movie deserves amazing profits! xxxxxxAvatar ImageKennedyJames says: Lawlllll saw it like.....12 times. I just love it so much. Its of my favourites <3Avatar ImageOldZeke says: Congratulations go to JK Rowling & her great story telling. Warner Brothers & Yates no matter how they butcher the great stories in the Harry Potter series, they still make mega $$$$$$ on it. I thought that OOTP was the worst movie in the HP series until HBP which I rated as "D" for dreadful. I think Warner Brothers & Yates could make an HP movie of Harry taking a nap & still make $$$$$$$$$ on it. Sad part is that Warner Brothers could have done great things with the HP series with their movies, but Warner Brothers is just milking it. Thank God for the books!!!!!!!!!! Also when I went to see GOF it cost $7.50, HBP cost $9.00 so take that into consideration on the totals. I wish that Columbus had directed all the Harry Potter movies! He brought the great stories by JK to life on the screen. Unlike Yates who has butchered them + added pure crap. Sad what he has done to these great stories. Avatar Imagensa says: thats great. HBP is having great success. GOod for WB in recession time.magic of harry potter is spreading all over the world.Avatar ImageMikaMaxwell says: I want to go see it for a fifth time, improve its standing by that much more and show my love!Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: Aw? Is HBP out of the theatres already? *off to check my local theatre* There is only 2 showings for today, sadly :( so I'm probably gonna try to see it for my 5th and last time this weekend.Avatar Imageangelvoice says: So Cool.Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Awesome!!!Avatar Imageccking says: the theatre was always packed full, this was so goood!!Avatar Imageccking says: the theatre was always packed full, this was so good!!Avatar Imageccking says: the theatre was always packed full, this was so good!!Avatar Imageccking says: the theatre was always packed full, this was so good!!

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