"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" pulled in a record $22 million in midnight showings alone to beat "The Dark Knight's" previous record of $18 million and "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith's" $17 million.
The new adventure of the teen wizard raked in $10 million more from midnight screenings than part five, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."
Looks like delaying the film for eight months has paid off in a new record for midnight showings, but can the film still live up to the other "Harry Potter" films? I have heard talk of how the film might earn $1 billion dollars domestically (it still has a long way to go) and that the film is good. I have also heard fans of the "Harry Potter" series complain of changes from the book to the screen. We'll have to wait and see how the film does in the long run.
To date, the highest grossing "Harry Potter" film remains the first one, which took in $317 million domestically and $974 million worldwide. Can "Half-Blood Prince" top that?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: USA Today, Rope of Silicon