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16 July 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is barely out of the box-office gate and it's already broken records. Its 12.01 midnight screenings in the US took in a whopping $22.2million dollars, making it a record-breaker for that sort of opening.

Yes, that's considerably ahead of either The Dark Knight's $18m,  Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith's $17m or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen's $16m. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix also opened in midnight slots in 2007, taking $12m and going on to gross $139.7m in its first five-days. If Half-Blood Prince continues to outperform its predecessor to that extent, this could be the biggest opening weekend of all time by quite a margin.


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RE: Shame about the film though
What are all of you talking about. The film was hyped up because potter fans such as myself have waited two years for it's release. The movie was great and I think that David Yates did a great jobs. You can't put Harry Potter in the same category as Transformers and Terminator Salvation. IT WAS A BRILLIANT MOVIE!!! Ps. I agree with you TwilightVamp, when Harry was high I nearly fell off my chair it was so funny More

Posted by harrypotter118118 at 20:21 on 21 July 2009 | Report This Post

Great movie =]
Loved the movie even though it was nothing like the book, the romance was well interpreted and when he was 'high' on Felix Felicis was just so funny! Great, great, great movie. xoxo More

Posted by TwilightVamp at 22:41 on 17 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Shame about the film though
Oh lord, another big blockbuster that is overhyped by studios only to be a crushing disappointment. After Terminator and Transformers 2 I'm sick of them! More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 22:52 on 16 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Shame about the film though
Uh oh, I'll bet this will piss off the anti blockbuster brigade that seem to be out in full force this summer.  Someone to come along and bitch about this, Transformers 2 and Terminator Salvation in 5 4 3 2..... More

Posted by Drone at 22:46 on 16 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Shame about the film though
A new Harry Potter film breaking records?? Yawwwwnnnnn. How utterly predictable. More

Posted by ED-209 at 17:19 on 16 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Shame about the film though
niamh_c. Agree with you, the films have not been half as exciting as the books. They (the films) seem to be more about kids growing up with a bit of magic thrown in here and there. I read the books for the escapism and the excitement and it's just not coming across in the film adaptions. (Spoiler) I hope the last film doesn't disappoint I'm looking forward to a bloody great ruck in the Battle of Hogwarts not a couple of hours of Harry contemplating life and death as he makes his ultimate sacrifi More

Posted by steveg66 at 15:49 on 16 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Shame about the film though
L: Ambition I think its a contender for worst of the franchise - which will damage hallows box office. If you ask me a sequels box office says nothing of the sequel, and everything of its predecessor. Order of the Phoenix was great, and it'll show in half-bloods box office, just like with Casino Royale and Quantum . Only in this case - the director was the same, i can't believe he dropped the ball :-( sp; I think it may have been more of a combination of the predecessor and the anticip More

Posted by niamh_c at 12:22 on 16 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: And then alongs comes the hobbit
It's all down to the fact that this is a franchise that has been pumping out films consistently for almost a decade. Popping along to the local cinema yesterday, older folks taking their kids to see it were overheard moaning about the number of teenagers and adults queueing to see a "kids" film. Thing is, that those same adults were only kids themselves when Philosopher's Stone hit the screen. Keep those moviegoers interested, all you have to do is attract the kids born and growing up later on More

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