The early reports show that, worldwide, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince took in some $396.7 million. That’s incredible! This movie took in nearly $400 million since last Wednesday night. Unreal.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I do plan on seeing it once I get back from my trip to Nashville later this week. I did see the earlier movies, though, and I have been impressed at how the movies are maturing much like the books matured.
At the same time, I don’t think that the people behind the movie had much of a choice – what with all of the main actors all entering their late teens and early twenties! Anyway, here is some more information on the movie from the Los Angeles Times:
After muggles packed the midnight shows, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” quickly slowed down at the box office and resembled, well, the last “Potter” movie.
The sixth film in the Warner Bros. series based on the bestselling books sold a studio-estimated $159.7 million worth of tickets in the U.S. from Wednesday through Sunday, exactly $20 million more than the last installment, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” did in its first five days in July 2007.
About $11 million of that difference can be attributed to the nearly 8% rise in ticket prices from 2007, according to data from the National Assn. of Theatre Owners. The other $9 million came from midnight shows Wednesday, when “Half-Blood Prince” earned $22.2 million. “Order of the Phoenix,” by contrast, earned $12 million from midnight shows when it also debuted on a Wednesday.
Pretty crazy, huh? I need to make a movie that brings in $400 million worldwide in a matter of five days!