By Andy on 16 July 2009 at 22:30 GMT
Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros. and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution at Warner Bros. announced today that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grossed $58.18 million in the US and $45.85 million internationally on its first full day of release (July 15), giving it a one-day worldwide box office gross of a little more than $104 million.
According to Warner Bros., these figures mean that the film shattered not one but two records on its opening day. First, the film broke the record for a midnight opening with $22.2 million; and second, it eclipsed the worldwide opening day box office record. From the press release:
Fellman said, "We are so happy to share ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' with the fans and thrilled that they turned out in record numbers to see it."
Kwan-Rubinek said, "With many countries yet to open, these already outstanding box office numbers are another testament to the universal appeal of J.K. Rowling's stories and the remarkable work of everyone behind the Harry Potter films."
By Andy on 16 July 2009 at 14:18 GMT
Scheduling dilemmas pending, composer John Williams will score the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films, according to a new interview with Harry Potter producer David Heyman. At a recent press event Heyman noted that Warner Bros. were in talks with Williams, and that the barring any scheduling conflicts, the composer would return to the franchise.
Maestro composer John Williams scored the first three 'Potter' films, while Patrick Doyle scored the fourth, and Nicholas Hooper the fifth and sixth. Reports have also surfaced that Nicholas Hooper has chosen to leave the franchise, and wishes for Williams to return.
Williams is slated to score Steven Spielberg's 2011 films, Tintin (currently in post-production) and Lincoln. Please note that at this stage, nothing is confirmed. We will endeavour to update you with any new information.
By Andy on 16 July 2009 at 12:09 GMT
A quick reminder for those of you in the US: ABC will be airing James Runcie's documentary "J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life" tonight, July 16, at 8:00 pm EST. Here's how Runcie describes his documentary:
It’s an intimate, personal encounter, in which J.K. Rowling talks simply and honestly about her life and her writing. It was not made as a glitzy publicity film because I wasn’t very interested in making something anyone else could have done. Instead, the aim was to make something more quietly revealing, to discover what Rowling really thought, and to discuss some of the central themes of her work; childhood hopes and fears, loyalty and betrayal, chance and fate.
By Andy on 16 July 2009 at 11:45 GMT
Yesterday, BBC Radio 1's Edith Bowman hosted her show live from Dumbledore's Office on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as part of their "Harry Potter Day." Here's what's available:
- Videos (3): The hosts (Bowman and James King) step inside Dumbledore's Office for the first time; Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) gives a tour of the set and talks about working with Rupert Grint, Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson; and King explores the Harry Potter prop store.
- Photos (18): See photos of the hosts exploring the set and getting their own makeup done. Also see photos of them with stars Cave, Grint, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy).
- Audio (180 minutes): Bowman and King get a "sneak preview and all the backstage gossip from the stars" during this three-hour show from the set of Dumbledore's Office.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I hits theaters on November 19, 2010, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, hits theaters on July 15, 2011.
By Andy on 15 July 2009 at 09:01 GMT
Potter fans rejoice! Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters today, July 15. So, whether you attended one of the more than 3,000 midnight showings, or plan on seeing the film at a later date (in theaters, on DVD, or even on TV), we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
As the hours tick by, we will update you with additional film reviews and box office revenue figures. A hint of what's to come: "According to executives who have seen the survey data for 'Potter,' however, it has a good shot at beating the all-time domestic record for Wednesday ticket sales of $62 million set last month by 'Revenge of the Fallen.'"
By Andy on 12 July 2009 at 21:58 GMT
Recently, three new behind-the-scenes looks at Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince specials aired on ITV1 and Sky News in the UK, and Channel Nine in Australia. Check them out below:
By Andy on 11 July 2009 at 04:35 GMT
Harry Potter Fan Zone staffer Hannah was on the scene earlier this evening when Tom Felton was in New Jersey for a poster signing at Hot Topic, which was followed by a quick Q&A session outside of Urban Outfitters. You can see some pictures of both events below thanks to Hannah.
By Andy on 10 July 2009 at 06:00 GMT
Some fantastic video interviews from the red carpet of the NYC premiere have surfaced:
By Andy on 10 July 2009 at 05:24 GMT
Daniel Radcliffe appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman this evening, and you can now see a video of his appearance over at YouTube or below thanks to HarryPotterTrio.com. Remember that you can see pictures of Dan arriving at the studio to tape his segment by clicking here.
By Andy on 10 July 2009 at 02:59 GMT
Earlier we brought you standard-resolution pictures from the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. High-resolution pictures are now starting to surface over at HarryPotterTrio:
By Andy on 10 July 2009 at 02:19 GMT
Even though the premieres have come and gone, there are still plenty of apperances coming up by Harry Potter cast and crew to promote the sixth film, out July 15. Here's what's coming up:
Friday, July 10
Daniel Radcliffe on Live with Regis and Kelly; 10 AM EST, ABC
Daniel Radcliffe on the Today Show; 7 AM EST, NBC
Rupert Grint on the Today Show; 7 AM EST, NBC
Tom Felton at NJ Hot Topic; 7:00 PM EST; More info
Monday, July 13
Emma Watson on Live with Regis and Kelly; 10 AM EST, ABC
David Heyman at CA Apple Store; 7 PM PST; More info
By Andy on 10 July 2009 at 01:35 GMT
With numerous photos popping up on WireImages and Getty Images – and now the AP via Yahoo! News – we've decided to condense things and provide you with one headshot of every Harry Potter cast member who attended the NYC premiere earlier this evening. Check them out below:
By Andy on 10 July 2009 at 01:16 GMT
The film isn't even out in theaters yet, but that's not stopping anything. DVD Times is reporting that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on December 7. Of course, this is more than five months away and is therefore prone to change, especially until an official press release comes our way. The article itself even says, "As always with news like this, the dates that follow are subject to change (and almost certainly will the further we get into the future) but should give you an idea of what’s on the horizon…" Read more here.
By Andy on 10 July 2009 at 00:42 GMT
A new video from the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has surfaced on My Fox New York. The video was taken before the cast and crew arrived, and includes interviews with many of the fans – both young and old – who waited up to two days just to get a glimpse of their favorite stars! Listen to them cheer!
By Andy on 10 July 2009 at 00:18 GMT
Getty Images and WireImage have begun uploading photos from the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince premiere in NYC. The photos show cast, crew and other non-HP celebrities arriving inside the theater. Check them out: Getty Images and WireImage
Some previews of what you can find at the links above: