UPDATED ON 7/20/2009: The film took in $158.02 million over its first five days ($77.84 million from Fri-Sun) and broke both the single-day and opening week worldwide records ($394 million) as well as the overseas all-time opening weekend ($236 million). [BOM]
Original article follows below.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince pulled in a record $22.2 million from 3,003 midnight screenings Wednesday, more than easily surpassing the prior midnight held by 2008’s The Dark Knight ($18 million). The last Harry Potter film, 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix took in $12 million from midnight screenings.
Some sources are predicting that the film could manage an astounding $200 million through its first five days of release, beginning with today’s wide launch to 4,275 theaters.
In addition to the always reliable devoted fan base, the film is tracking very strong with critics, currently sitting at 92% Fresh– a high for the franchise (the previous high was 89% Fresh for 2004’s ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’).