Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince breaks midnight ticket sales record

"Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince" conjured up $22.2 million in midnight ticket sales at 3,003 locations (while “Revenge of the Fallen” made $16 million) according to Warner Bros., putting the popular boy-wizard movie on track for a record-breaking debut today and through the weekend.
The sixth "Potter" film, which cost more than $400 million to make, market and release worldwide, shattered the $18.5-million-record midnight earnings of last year's Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight," also produced and distributed by Warner Bros.

Evening shows aren't selling quite as well, meaning "Harry Potter" may just miss out on surpassing "Transformers."
According to two people who have followed box office returns all day, ticket sales for night time shows on the east coast are a bit slower than matinees. As a result, both predicted that "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" will gross $57 million or $58 million for the day. It now has only a small chance, they said, of breaking the $62 million "Revenge of the Fallen" record.

Source[Los Angeles Times]


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