Muggles Pour Into Theatres to See Latest Harry Potter Film

Posted on July 19, 2009

Harry Potter has charmed moviegoers once again. The sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, won the box office weekend grossing nearly $80 million. The film has already made over $159 million in the U.S. since it opened in theatres Wednesday. The new Harry Potter film was also huge overseas, grossing $237 million on 15,900 screens.

In second place was the animated kids film, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which took in another $17 million. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was third and added $13.75 million to bring its total box office gross to $363 million - the highest so far this year. Bruno fell to fourth in its second week in theaters. It just barely beat out The Hangover, which has been in theatres for seven weeks. The success of The Hangover is likely part of the reason Bruno has not made as much money as it was expected to.

Another film that debuted this week in a limited release is 500 Days of Summer starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Critics love this romantic comedy. The movie made $838,000 despite opening in just 27 theatres - that's an impressive $31,037 per theatre.

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