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Despite leak, latest 'Harry Potter' film has opening weekend record in sights

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Nov 2010 15:34 User comments (22)

Despite leak, latest 'Harry Potter' film has opening weekend record in sights Despite the first 36 minutes of the film being leaked to the Internet earlier this week, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has set its sights on the highest box office open of all-time.
For the midnight Thursday showings, the film made $24 million, with total Friday sales totaling $61.2 million, the fifth biggest opening day of all-time.

Twilight: New Moon, owns that record, at $72 million.

That figure is also the highest opening for a Harry Potter movie, surpassing 2009's "Half-Blood Prince."

If the film mimics previous movies in the franchise, sales are expected to dip 9 percent on Saturday (from Friday) and 30 percent on Sunday, which would leave the latest film at $156 million for opening weekend. That figure will put the film within fighting distance of the current biggest opening, 2008's The Dark Knight, at just over $158 million.

Warner Bros. has said it is looking into the leak, not that it really matters anymore: "This constitutes a serious breach of copyright violation and theft of Warner Bros. property. We are vigorously investigating this matter and will prosecute those involved to the full extent of the law."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the first part of the final movie in the long standing franchise. Part 2 is set for a July 2011 release.

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22 user comments

120.11.2010 16:06

"Despite leak" implies that the leak hurt the film's box-office performance.

220.11.2010 16:24

Originally posted by statomike:
"Despite leak" implies that the leak hurt the film's box-office performance.
Do you want to rethink this post?

320.11.2010 16:56

Originally posted by statomike:
"Despite leak" implies that the leak hurt the film's box-office performance.
Are you an idiot?

420.11.2010 19:14

Ok... It was only the first 36 mins. It's not like the Wolverine movie where the whole thing was leaked. I doubt anyone would watch the movie for 36 mins then leave the theater because that's all they wanted to see. I think what statomike was trying to say is what I'm saying. That 36 mins of a movie is not a sufficient as to prevent people from going to see the movie. Especially since this is part1 of the final book. People who want to see the movie will go regardless of if they saw the 36 mins.


Carpe Noctem

520.11.2010 20:59

This is harrard Potthead remember, what other movie release has soo many people dressing up to the movie from the days of the Rocky Horror picture show.

If anything the leak was a tease to get more of the internet community into the movies for opening day. I am sure the leak is closer then Warner thinks it is.

I read the books and enjoy'd them all so i mite take the other half to go and see it but honestly 36 minutes is not worth giving it this much hype.

620.11.2010 21:16

"Despite Leak"...BS, IMO it was all a publicity stunt...

721.11.2010 1:38

Originally posted by cyprusrom:
"Despite Leak"...BS, IMO it was all a publicity stunt...
Agreed. Not that Warner needed more hype, honestly lol

821.11.2010 11:41

I'm sure they leaked it themselves...I got it, didn't watch it..audio sucks and video is jagged and aspect ratio is messed not to mention the HUGE WB watermark right in the middle..I will watch it at theaters.


:/

921.11.2010 19:31

If anything WB should be embarrased that they leaked such a pathetic lure. You will catch more fish with a higher quality leak (promo) that shows the greatness of your product. FAIL!

1022.11.2010 1:01

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by cyprusrom:
"Despite Leak"...BS, IMO it was all a publicity stunt...
Agreed. Not that Warner needed more hype, honestly lol
It was an extended trailer. No pirate would have wasted their time uploading just part of a movie. Of course, they could not admit that they released it because then the theaters would not be able to arrest everyone who records video of a birthday party.


1122.11.2010 4:35

So after doing some research on the matter from several sources

1) there is a Warner bros watermark in the first Cam release throughout the entire movie.

2) The audio was looping the 36 minute leak so after 36 minutes the sound would be 10 minutes out of Sync

3) Even for a so called cam release this was a poor encoded Screen-er from Warner Bro's which they have tampered with themselves and released on the Internet.

4) What stupid person really think that this would better their revenue, because the only release of the movie on the internet is crap and stuffed that people are going to watch it in the movies.

After this news article i am sure people can wait until Warner released the DVD Screener for the community as they have all ready thrown a nuked version for shits and giggles. Mite as well hand it over now before your reputation is completed ruined.

1223.11.2010 1:54

You

Originally posted by hikaricor:
Originally posted by statomike:
"Despite leak" implies that the leak hurt the film's box-office performance.
Are you an idiot?
You're right. I was completely misguided. Like everyone on earth, I only watch movies for the first 36 minutes. So, if I saw the first 36 minutes of Harry Potter online, I'd have absolutely no reason to see the entire movie!

You're an idiot.

1323.11.2010 2:05

dammit.. the last movie I put myself through torture to go to the cinema and see was BECAUSE I had downloaded and watched it on my tv first. If I hadn't then they would never have had my money.. getting to the cinema here is a damn joke.. and bloody dangerous too.

I'm not interested in Potter .. sorry.. I grew up 30 odd years ago. Watched all the others on tv .. philosophers stone was sooooo damn exciting I fell asleep after 30 mins and woke up with some sport going on.

Lets face it .. modern big production films are just crap .. I stick to smaller European films these days.. I prefer a proper story.




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1423.11.2010 2:52

See 'Poe's Law.'

1523.11.2010 16:29

I would honestly like to see them try to prosecute someone for sharing the first 36 minutes. Them trying to explain how it damaged the release when it broke records on opening day would be hilarious.

1623.11.2010 16:37

Originally posted by hikaricor:
Originally posted by statomike:
"Despite leak" implies that the leak hurt the film's box-office performance.
Are you an idiot?
Are you or did you just interpretthis wrong?

If anything, I think it HELPED this film. For instance, I wasn't sure whether to go see it or not and was more leaning towards no (I didn't want to watch just ONE half of a film now when I could watch both com summer). However, having watched the first 36 minutes, I quickly changed my mind and really wanted to see this film. So, Vue get just under a tenner of my money, and everyone else gets a nice slice of that.

And I don't generally pay for films/cinema.
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SmokeThis2006

1724.11.2010 0:15

Originally posted by ps355528:

I'm not interested in Potter .. sorry.. I grew up 30 odd years ago. Watched all the others on tv .. philosophers stone was sooooo damn exciting I fell asleep after 30 mins and woke up with some sport going on.

I guess that means that the first 36 minutes would be enough for you...you wouldn't even be awake for the last 6 of them!


1826.11.2010 8:37

Originally posted by statomike:
"Despite leak" implies that the leak hurt the film's box-office performance.
Umh?? from what seashell came you?
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1926.11.2010 8:40

Originally posted by statomike:
You
Originally posted by hikaricor:
Originally posted by statomike:
"Despite leak" implies that the leak hurt the film's box-office performance.
Are you an idiot?
You're right. I was completely misguided. Like everyone on earth, I only watch movies for the first 36 minutes. So, if I saw the first 36 minutes of Harry Potter online, I'd have absolutely no reason to see the entire movie!

You're an idiot.



Then, you never intended to really watch the movie on the movie theater.

2026.11.2010 13:12

Harry Potter is epic!

I hate saying it, but I've been known to pirate when it calls for it. Harry Potter is one of my favorite series. I'll be seeing it this weekend. The way it should be seen. On the big screen ;) Twilight however was not worth my time :p

That's one thing you can't download. A massive viewing experience :D Such a shame it costs so much to go to the theater anymore. Perhaps not the admission though. But definitely beverages/snacks. Ridiculous. I'm one of those people who likes sneaking in their own food ;)

If a movie is good, I will shell out serious dough, to see it on the big screen. No joke! The movie industry needs to stop slapping movies together for a quick buck!




To delete, or not to delete. THAT is the question!

2127.11.2010 10:22

Originally posted by LM2008:
Originally posted by statomike:
You
Originally posted by hikaricor:
Originally posted by statomike:
"Despite leak" implies that the leak hurt the film's box-office performance.
Are you an idiot?
You're right. I was completely misguided. Like everyone on earth, I only watch movies for the first 36 minutes. So, if I saw the first 36 minutes of Harry Potter online, I'd have absolutely no reason to see the entire movie!

You're an idiot.



Then, you never intended to really watch the movie on the movie theater.
If I've interpreted what you mean correctly, and going by your response to to other comment I have, you're being an idiot. Watching the first 36 minutes is like watching an extended trailer.. it's a taster to whether the film is ultimately worth paying for or not.

As Omegaman said, you pay for the experience. Watching this won't give you that but it will give you insight into whether they'll actually be that experience or not.

SmokeThis2006

2227.11.2010 18:04

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