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After putting up with a frustrating delay, eager Muggles rushed to the theaters this weekend in droves. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince kicked off its extended debut with a record-breaking premiere ($22.2 million) at midnight Tuesday. The series’ sixth installment went on to earn $158 million over five days and officially became the biggest international opener of all time ($237 million).
Despite the numbers, there was one film Half-Blood could not beat: The Dark Knight. At this same time last year, the Batman sequel had also racked up $158 million in sales. But that film did it in only three days.
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Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PG): starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson (directed by David Yates) **premieres on Wednesday**
- (500) Days of Summer* (PG-13): starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Matthew Gray Gubler (directed by Mark Webb)
As you were busy previewing HBO’s behind-the-scenes look at Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, others were gathering their thoughts about the entire film.
The Warner Bros. film debuts on July 15. Here are some of the early reviews for the series’ sixth installment:
Variety: “Dazzlingly well made and perhaps deliberately less fanciful than the previous entries, this one is played in a mode closer to palpable life-or-death drama than any of the others and is quite effective as such.”
We’re nearly a week away from the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! Companies, including HBO, everywhere are cashing in on our
insatiable need for sneek peaks, and boy do we thank them for that avarice!
In the two-part behind-the-scenes look (catch the second video after the jump) of the sixth Harry Potter installment, we get a glimpse into the main plot as well as the relationships revolving around our three heroes.
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Warner Bros. may be sticking firm to its third Half-Blood Prince release date, but that won’t prevent delays for the film.
Due to a conflict with a previously scheduled blockbuster, most IMAX theaters (aside from one in New York in one in LA) will not be able to show Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince until July 29. That equates to a two-week delay from the July 15 premiere.
What will be occupying those theaters up until that point? Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The Paramount feature has a month-long commitment starting with its June 26 debut.
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Now that we’re only two months away until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens, it’s time to start looking ahead.
In just 18 months from now, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will unfold. The picture above with Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Helena Bonham Carter was taken earlier this week on the film’s set in South Pembrokeshire, West Wales. (There are several other glimpses that can be viewed after the jump.)
Half-Blood Prince‘s July 15 debut will be followed by Deathly Hallows: Part 1 on November 2010 and Deathly Hallows: Part II on July 2011.
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Now that you’ve been gifted with a new due date, let’s present you some new eye candy.
Will girls really spell the end of Weasley? Where will this kiss between Harry and Ginny lead? And what is this mission that Voldemort has Malfoy on? (Based on Draco’s sinister look after the jump, it apparently can’t be good.)
An eight month-delay has just been shortened…by two days.
After repositioning Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to open on July 17, Warner Bros. has changed its mind again. The film, once scheduled for a November 2008 release, will now open on July 15.
Why? The studio just likes to get a jump start on those earnings. (Order of the Phoenix also opened on a Wednesday back in 2007.)
Meanwhile, a date for the future Harry Potter film can now be penciled in as well: July 15, 2001. That’s also the slot tentatively set aside for Paramount’s The Avengers. Since the day chosen is not a Wednesday, I’m guessing someone will be doing some tinkering in about a year from now.
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Almost three months have passed since Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince‘s original premiere date. Will you be able to wait five months longer?
After digesting the ominous message from this first poster, make sure to check out two more after the jump.
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Despite the tone of the first two trailers, the 6th Harry Potter installment is really not as dark as it seems. At least, not entirely. This clip proves there are a few moments of levity to be found in the upcoming sequel. (It’s amazing what an “infatuation” potion can do to an hormonal teenager.)
Half-Blood Prince makes its way into theaters on July 17, 2009.
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