Friday Box Office – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE Crosses $100 Million in First Three Days

     July 18, 2009


“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was easily the top movie at the domestic box office on its first Friday in release, though Warner Brother’s dreams of seeing the sixth installment in the franchise come close to the $201 million five-day total of “Transformers 2” now seem hopelessly out of reach.  “Harry Potter 6” did have a record-breaking $104 million opening on Wednesday – combining a $58.2 million American haul with worldwide receipts of $45.8 million.  Thursday saw Harry’s box office fall 62% stateside to $22 million, however, and with Friday estimates coming in at $26 million, “Half-Blood” has almost no chance of catching up to “Revenge of the Fallen” by Sunday.  The good news for Potter fans, however, is that the film still has an IMAX debut to look forward to as well as overwhelmingly positive reviews to give it legs – something that was conspicuously absent as “Transformers 2” clawed its way to the top.  And speaking of being on top, check out last week’s number one film “Brüno”, now down an enormous 81% from last Friday for a fourth place finish.  Check back tomorrow for box office estimates on the entire weekend…

Title Friday Total
1 Harry Potter 6 $26,830,000 $107,017,000
2 Ice Age 3 $5,400,000 $139,705,000
3 Transformers 2 $4,175,000 $354,292,000
4 Brüno $2,883,000 $44,098,000
5 The Proposal $2,750,000 $122,544,000

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