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Half-Blood Prince Slips Domestically, Still Leads World Wide Box Office with 627 Million to Date

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Posted by: sue
July 27, 2009, 08:03 AM

Media reports were quick to trumpet the news that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince slipped to number two at domestic box office sales, with the new Disney film "G-Force" nabbing the top spot.  Variety reports however that HBP continues to do remarkably well both domestic and notably on the international front as the industry magazine reports: "Half-Blood Prince" remained the worldwide leader, earning a magical $84.4 million internationally for a total haul of $627.1 million. That’s the top pace for the "Potter" franchise. Domestic gross was an estimated $30 million from 4,325 runs.

The LA Times also points out that while HBP "declined 61%. 2007's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," which also opened on a Wednesday in July, fell 57.8% on its second weekend. As of Sunday, the total domestic gross for "Half-Blood Prince" was $221.8 million. Accounting for the 9% rise in ticket prices over the last two years, that puts it about $5 million behind "Order of the Phoenix" at the same point. The new movie does have one disadvantage, however: It's playing at only four Imax locations, whereas "Order of the Phoenix" was at 91. The large-size screens carry higher ticket prices and tend to lose business at a slow pace." The newspaper also reminds us that this week, Half-Blood Prince will indeed be opening on 162 IMAX screens.

Finally the newspaper says that HBP "cost $250 million to produce and about $155 million to market and distribute. Since studios keep about half of their films' ticket sales, Warner Bros. is likely to break even on the theatrical run of "Half-Blood Prince" and profit handsomely on the DVD and in other markets."

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85 Comments

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I’m going to see it for the third time tonite!

Posted by Sirius17 -ROAR_ on July 27, 2009, 10:23 AM report to moderator
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ok seriously? a movie about secret agent hamsters or guinnie pigs over took harry potter?? really?? shows you americas taste in movies.

Posted by geminidreamatl29 on July 27, 2009, 10:24 AM report to moderator
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Doesn’t matter how much it makes in the second week. Lets see where g-force is next week HA HA.

Posted by doublecore on July 27, 2009, 10:27 AM report to moderator
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I wish the media would stop making such a big deal out of nothing. The only reason the sales slumped this weekend is because most of us probably saw it once or twice opening week, and are now waiting for it to be released in IMAX before we go see it again!

Posted by hmrpotter on July 27, 2009, 10:30 AM report to moderator
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I find the production figure of for Half-Blood Prince $250M very high as Order of the Phoenix was $150M to produce.

Where did they put all those $$$$$$. It certainly was not in making a good Harry Potter movie.

Sorry to say that Half-Blood Prince was just awful. In a word disappointing. I gave it a “D for dreadful”.

Posted by OldZeke on July 27, 2009, 10:47 AM report to moderator
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G – force… a film about guinea pig spies? i’m half laughing half freaked out. :P

Posted by justanargle on July 27, 2009, 10:54 AM report to moderator
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WB is not starving…

Posted by Won_Two on July 27, 2009, 11:11 AM report to moderator
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Ugh! Of course the media would be the first to announce HBP’s slip. All they care about is the negative :(. Anyway, 627 million is a TON of money! I’m definitely going to see it in IMAX, even though I’ve already seen it twice ;). CAN’T WAIT!!!

Posted by CallawayMADness :) ROAR!!! on July 27, 2009, 11:13 AM report to moderator
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I love being a trade analyst:
Half Blood Prince will end its worldwide run with about $946m, G-Force about $200m-$300m. Domestically, HP6 will end at $295m, G-Force $190m-$250m. I wonder which is better….? lol

Posted by DARKIRONPOTTER on July 27, 2009, 11:20 AM report to moderator
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Gonna see it again soon. :) sadly I have the cheapest mum in the world and my dad is just as cheap.

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on July 27, 2009, 11:21 AM report to moderator
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I know of some people who are waiting for it to come to the Imax theatres and with that delayed, I’m sure it affected the sales last week. Of course I’m going again next week while on vacation. grin Gotta see it again!

Posted by Phylis {ROAR} on July 27, 2009, 11:21 AM report to moderator
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Also G-Force sucks!! I haven’t seen it but the acting and voicing is terrible.

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on July 27, 2009, 11:21 AM report to moderator
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VOTE FOR THE TRIO: http://www.theimproper.com/Template_Article.aspx?IssueId=16&ArticleId=3743

Posted by cghambright on July 27, 2009, 11:21 AM report to moderator
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G-force looks like the stupidest movie ever i mean really what a total waste of $32 million. I don’t understand why anyone one would want to see that. i guess i need to see hbp again. :)

Posted by Parkinsonpansy on July 27, 2009, 11:38 AM report to moderator
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Come on you Americans! Get HBP back into the topslot (G Force is opening this week in the UK too, but I think we have the sense to see HBP instead.)

Posted by pipkin3 on July 27, 2009, 11:43 AM report to moderator
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