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HBP soars to top with $396.7 million worldwide in 5 days HBP soars to top with $396.7 million worldwide in 5 days

090719 happyHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grossed $396.7 million worldwide during its first five days in release (Wednesday-Sunday), according to an article by the Associated Press. The article says that $159.7 million of that total came in domestically and $237 million was made overseas. Dan Fellman, Warner head of distribution, is quoted as saying:

“‘Half-Blood Prince’ already has surpassed the $157.3 million ‘Order of the Phoenix’ pulled in during its entire first week. By the end of its seventh day Tuesday, ‘Half-Blood Prince’ will be in the $180 million range on its way to becoming the franchise’s first $300 million domestic smash since the original movie, 2001’s ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.'”

The article also notes that “the audience was a bit older for the new movie, with more elder teens turning out to see Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and pals Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) as they deal with adult concerns such as heartache, jealousy and romantic triangles.” Read more about the film’s box office success at this link.


  1. Ian says:

    Not surprising that the film is so popular; we’ve been waiting for it for quite a while. Some excellent dramatic scenes. The usual high standard of acting from all concerned.

    But what was the point of that scene when Bellatrix attacked The Burrow? It didn’t add any value to the plot, or help the story along, and it didn’t use any special effects which weren’t seen elsewhere in the film. It just created problems with the next film when they all go to The Burrow for Bill and Fleur’s wedding. And it also wasted time which could have been taken up with some of the important stuff they cut out. And how come Dumbledore had Riddle’s diary in his office? Harry gave it to Lucius Malfoy at the end of Chamber of Secrets. Why wasn’t the stone in Peveril’s ring broken, when that is important in the next film, and how come Harry managed to touch the intact ring when Dumbledore had picked up a lethal curse when he did so?

    So the film was basically a good film spoiled by the curse of Hollywood (Yeh I know it wasn’t made in the USA!) which requires film makers to mess up a good story when they make a film version. Let’s hope that the next two don’t get spoiled in the same way.

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