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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.”


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

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.

Photos, videos, audio from BBC 1’s DH set visit

090716 rupertYesterday, 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.

‘Half-Blood Prince’ hits theaters

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.'”

Three behind-the-scenes HBP TV specials

090712 danRecently, 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:

Sky News Special
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

ITV1 Special
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Channel Nine Special
Part 1
Part 2

Thanks to MuggleNet and RupertGrint.net.