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

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Posted by: sue
July 16, 2009, 01:28 PM

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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90 Comments

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Wow thats a ton of money! Congrats
1st – I think :D

Posted by Jane on July 16, 2009, 01:32 PM report to moderator
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That’s a lot of money. I’m quite sure that Half-blood prince will break pretty much every financial record.

Posted by Mr. Brightside on July 16, 2009, 01:34 PM report to moderator
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wow, this is fantastic… GO, HBP!!!

Posted by Petra on July 16, 2009, 01:34 PM report to moderator
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Yay! I went twice on opening day- the midnight show and also mid-afternoon! (midnight shows always have the better audiences)

“pacing well ahead of OotP”… thats great news! but how are the numbers compared to PS/SS, the highest grossing film?? jw..

Posted by Rumbleroar! on July 16, 2009, 01:34 PM report to moderator
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Awesome! Here’s to a great five-day debut! Lets keep breaking records! AND a big thanks to David Yates for yet another wonderful film. And to Daniel… you just keep on getting better and better, you are brilliant… keep on shining.

Posted by emdash84 on July 16, 2009, 01:36 PM report to moderator
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Awesome, now I just need a chance to see it.

Posted by superman82 on July 16, 2009, 01:40 PM report to moderator
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313 Points

woot woot! I knew this would happen! :D

Posted by emmalinnankivi on July 16, 2009, 01:40 PM report to moderator
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186 Points

It’s funny going to the midnight showing, then going to like the 7:30pm one the next day. Audiences act so different.

Posted by Liderc on July 16, 2009, 01:41 PM report to moderator
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I went yesterday at 6:30 p.m. and the audience sucked! I swear I was the only one laughing at times. I really enjoyed the movie and can’t wait to buy it on DVD so that I can enjoy more by myself.

Posted by NightSky on July 16, 2009, 01:59 PM report to moderator
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Yes! Go HBP! Break those records! :)

Posted by Looie [ROAR!] on July 16, 2009, 02:10 PM report to moderator
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hahaha audience sucked for me too. i want to go again hopefully with a better and more enthusiastic audience

Posted by Veinic on July 16, 2009, 02:18 PM report to moderator
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hahaha audience sucked for me too. i want to go again hopefully with a better and more enthusiastic audience

Posted by Veinic on July 16, 2009, 02:18 PM report to moderator
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That’s a lot of cash!!!!!! damn…..WB seems not to get affected by the bad economy!!!!

Posted by laura399 {WBM} on July 16, 2009, 02:24 PM report to moderator
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That’s a lot of cash!!!!!! damn…..WB seems not to get affected by the bad economy!!!!

Posted by laura399 {WBM} on July 16, 2009, 02:25 PM report to moderator
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woohoo! :)
but im still somewhat disapointed : /

Posted by Mosu on July 16, 2009, 02:25 PM report to moderator
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