Midnight figures just came in and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince made $22.2 million dollars in one night! It beat out The Dark Night’s old record by roughly $4 million! If the film can keep up this pace through the weekend, I have no doubt it’ll beat out Transformers 2 and The Dark Knight to become the king of the domestic box office.
Photo and figures from E! Online
Nielson just released a handy chart to compare all the HP and Twilight media! Check it out here!
UPDATE: 7/16 10:30am
Looks like HP juuuust missed breaking Transformers 2 opening-day record. Ticket sales slowed in the evening, in comparison to the midnight screenings. Seems like many HP fans that waited the 6 months since Warner Bros pushed back the release from November to July didn’t want to wait any longer than they had to. This puts weekend estimates at just under $200 million. I’m still hoping for a turnaround once the weekend hits, but it seems unlikely. At least Harry Potter should have better legs than Transformers 2, since fans will likely see the film again, or wait to see it, in IMAX or IMAX 3D.
Harry Potter made $58.38 million dollars yesterday. For more info, check out this LATimes blog post.
UPDATE: 7/20 5:25pm
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince conjured a record-breaking $396.7 million in global box office over its five-day opening weekend, according to a Reuters report. That figure — including $159.7 million in the U.S. and a whopping $237 million in international gross across 84 markets — tops Spider-Man 3‘s worldwide opening record of $381.7 million, set in 2007.” (via Entertainment Weekly)
HP is truly a global phenomenon! This is where it leaves Twilight in the dust. 🙂