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HBP soars to top with $396.7 million worldwide in 5 days HBP soars to top with $396.7 million worldwide in 5 days

090719 happyHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grossed $396.7 million worldwide during its first five days in release (Wednesday-Sunday), according to an article by the Associated Press. The article says that $159.7 million of that total came in domestically and $237 million was made overseas. Dan Fellman, Warner head of distribution, is quoted as saying:

“‘Half-Blood Prince’ already has surpassed the $157.3 million ‘Order of the Phoenix’ pulled in during its entire first week. By the end of its seventh day Tuesday, ‘Half-Blood Prince’ will be in the $180 million range on its way to becoming the franchise’s first $300 million domestic smash since the original movie, 2001’s ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.'”

The article also notes that “the audience was a bit older for the new movie, with more elder teens turning out to see Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and pals Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) as they deal with adult concerns such as heartache, jealousy and romantic triangles.” Read more about the film’s box office success at this link.

New Hot Topic contest (US): visit set of ‘Deathly Hallows’! New Hot Topic contest (US): visit set of ‘Deathly Hallows’!

090719 weddingHot Topic has announced its latest contest where one lucky winner plus one guest will win a trip (including airfare and hotel accommodations for four days) to the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This contest is for Americans only and is void in Florida, New York, and Rhode Island. Contest participants must be 13 years old or older. Good luck to everyone who enters!

Join the Harry Potter Fan Zone team! Join the Harry Potter Fan Zone team!

jobsHave you ever had the desire to write news, content or editorials about the Harry Potter series? Desire no more! HPFZ is currently looking for dedicated folk to join our staff team and help improve the award-winning content on the site.

Working here is a great opportunity for anyone – especially Potter fans – to explore and refine their skills in fields such as journalism, multimedia, web development, and graphic design.

A job at HPFZ will give you the opportunity to work alongside an “impressively young staff“, as J.K. Rowling herself once put it, to entertain an incredibly large fan base. If you’re up for the challenge, we’d love to hear from you!

Freddie Stroma on ‘Half-Blood Prince’, fans and more Freddie Stroma on ‘Half-Blood Prince’, fans and more

Freddie Stroma on 'Half-Blood Prince', fans and moreFreddie Stroma, the actor who plays Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is profiled in a new interview with People magazine. In the interview Stroma talks about his role in Half-Blood Prince, fans (particularly those of the female variety), his education, and acting ambitions.

“The scene I love the most is when I am slowly licking my fingers and looking at Hermione…I’ve not done that to a girl that I’ve fancied. It’s just so disgusting!”

You can read the full interview over at People’s website. Thanks to Snitch Seeker!

‘Prince’ makes $22 million in US on Thursday ‘Prince’ makes $22 million in US on Thursday

090718 harryAccording to Box Office Mojo, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince took in $22 million at US box offices on Thursday, the film’s second day in release. This brings the domestic total for the film to $80.2 million after just two days.

In comparison, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix took in about $4 million less in the US on the Thursday after its release, and was then sitting at a domestic total of $62.6 million. International figures for Thursday have not yet come in, but we will let you know when they become available.

David Heyman on Battle of Hogwarts, tone of the films David Heyman on Battle of Hogwarts, tone of the films

David HeymanThe climactic “Battle of Hogwarts” in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II will be around thirty-minutes long, according to a new interview with David Heyman. Also in the interview, Heyman notes that part I will be, “a road movie”, while part II, “more operatic with the huge, great battle for Hogwarts”.

The ending of part 2 is one of the last things they’re going to shoot. David also says he expects the ending battle to be around 30 minutes in the movie. He says the gang gets to Hogwarts early on and then they’re a lot of build up to the battle.

Also noteworthy, Heyman mentions that both films will be around two-and-a-half-hours in length. You can read the full interview at this link.

Nighy talks ‘Hallows’; starts filming very soon Nighy talks ‘Hallows’; starts filming very soon

090716 nighyBill Nighy, who will play Rufus Scrimgeour in both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is the subject of a new interview with SCI FI Wire. In the interview, Nighy says that he will begin filming DH once he returns from promoting his new movie G-Force in New York.

“I go home and I shoot, and I am Rufus Scrimgeour. I am a wizard. I am the Minister for Magic, and I am very pleased, because I thought I was going to remain the only English actor who wasn’t in Harry Potter, but apparently that’s not true.”

And what’s Nighy most looking forward to filming once he returns?

“Well, there’s one where he comes and delivers Dumbledore’s [Michael Gambon] legacy to the three children,” Nighy replied, referring to Harry, Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint, with whom Nighy worked on the upcoming action-comedy Wild Target). “He gives them all of the things that Dumbledore has left them, and that’s when it’s first indicated that he may not be around for much longer. So it’s quite an affecting scene.”

Read the entire interview at this link.

HBP grosses $104 million worldwide in one day, sets two records HBP grosses $104 million worldwide in one day, sets two records

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.”

http://www.timewarner.com/corp/newsroom/pr/0,20812,1911099,00.html

John Williams reportedly in talks to score ‘Deathly Hallows’ films John Williams reportedly in talks to score ‘Deathly Hallows’ films

johnwilliamsScheduling 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.

US fans can catch JKR documentary tonight on ABC US fans can catch JKR documentary tonight on ABC

090716 jkrA 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.

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