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'Potter' Conjures up $396.7 Million Worldwide

July 20, 2009

Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" cleared nearly $400 million in its worldwide debut, conjuring up the biggest overseas opening of all time at $237 million and grossing $159.7 million domestically.

Total tally of $396.7 million is the strongest start ever for a "Harry Potter" film -- and one of the top bows of all time. That strength is an indication that fans who have grown up with the franchise are more loyal than ever, even as they mature into adulthood. Exit polls in the U.S. showed that people over age 18 comprised 60% of the pic's aud, a far greater percentage than was noted for the five previous titles in the series. Read More